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Dewey, Pragmatism, and War

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“In 1917, Dewey believed that democracy would be expanded by aligning itself with the forces of history.”

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The Strategy and Logistics of Empire

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1981

“The defects of the Victorian military system are clear enough from the history of both [the Egyptian and Zulu Wars.]

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Inventing the State: the Investiture Conflict

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“By appealing to written rules instead of to what men remembered, the Gregorian reformers initiated a fundamental change in Western thinking.”

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Medieval Liberty & Its Evolution

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“The foundation stone of the Western tradition of liberty is to be found in the medieval concept of territorial immunity.”

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Isaiah Berlin on Liberty

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 2, 1981

“Berlin makes freedom appear as isolation rather than sharing.”

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The Idea of Peace: 500-1150

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

“Early medieval peace theories represent a significant step in the development of the Western mind.”

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Liberalism, Virtue, Rights & Manners

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Sep 1, 1981

For Pocock, “Liberty is viewed as basically “positive” in that it involves the cultivation of a politicized “civic virtue” in ruling and being ruled.”

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Levellers: Historical Continuity & Rights

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1981

“In sum, the Levellers made peace with the English Middle Ages and their continuity with the common law.”

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Tom Paine, Bourgeois Radical Democrat

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Mar 1, 1982

“Paine was [prevented by his] liberal social theory and competitive individualism from seeing nongovernmental threats to freedom, equality, and democracy.”

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Spontaneous Order & the Law Merchant

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“The merchants’ self-regulation through voluntary contract and evolved business practices should take precedence over government or legal regulation.”

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The Medieval Peace Movement

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“We ought to remember that peace cannot be pursued as an end-in-itself, but only as an adjunct of orderly and lawful societal change.”

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Liberalism vs. Politics

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“The identification of politics with freedom… conceals the fact of coercion that is a consequence of all political activity.”

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Proudhon: History as Conspiracy

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“Proudhon’s assessments of contemporary society were stamped with an emotional, personal mythology of conspiratorial plottings.”

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Historicism & the History of Ideas

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“Study of the past is valuable only insofar as it casts light on present problems and needs.”

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Mentalities as Cultural History

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“Paradoxically, man as creator creates structures which limit his capacity for free expression.”

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Existentialism: Nature & Freedom

by Literature of Liberty Reviewer on Jun 1, 1982

“Man’s consciousness, or his intentionality creatively fashions, with complete freedom, whatever reality he chooses.”