Liberty and Power A Reader

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  • Copyright: 2018-02-07
  • Publisher: Libertarianism.org Press

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Liberty and Power takes readers through a documentary tour of the timeless and fundamental social conflict between individuals seeking liberty from external control and those seeking power over others. With medieval law codes, Early Modern corporate charters, narrative accounts from pirates, filibusters, and revolutionaries, and cultural products like popular literature and paintings, this volume introduces the classical liberal theory of history. To liberal thinkers--great and humble alike--the social use of force necessarily divides the population into warring factions and produces disruptive change. History, then, is a train of errors in need of moral and intellectual correction.

Author Biography

Anthony Comegna is the Assistant Editor for Intellectual History at Libertarianism.org. He received his M.A. (2012) and Ph.D. (2016) in history from the University of Pittsburgh, where he specialized in early American, intellectual, and Atlantic history. For the Cato Institute and Libertarianism.org, he produces regular historical content, columns, and scripts for the “Classics of Liberty” podcast.

Table of Contents

The Course of Empire (1836)
2. John Ponet, A Short Treatise on Political Power (1556)
3. Anonymous to Thomas Jefferson, November 30, 1808
4. Levi Slamm, Daily Plebeian, July 2, 1842
5. “European Views of American Democracy,” United States Magazine and Democratic Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (1837)
6. John L. O'Sullivan, “Political Tolerance,” United States Magazine and Democratic Review, vol. 3, no. 9 (1838)
7. François Pierre Guillaume Guizot, History of Civilization in Europe, trans. William Hazlitt (New York: Colonial Press, 1846)
8. Levi Slamm and Michael Walsh, “Great Meeting of the Mechanics and Working Men at Tammany Hall!” Daily Plebeian, October 19, 1842
Part Two: Practice
9. The Law of the Salian Franks (first compiled ca. 500)
10. The Visigothic Code (Forum judicum), ed. S. P. Scott
11. The Canons of Adamnan, or the Law of Innocents (ca. 697)
12. Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus (1492) and the Charter to Sir Walter Raleigh (1584)
13. Richard Frethorne, “Letters to Father and Mother” (March–April 1623)
14. Clement Downing, “The History of John Plantain, Called King of Ranter-Bay, &c.” (1737)
15. Captain Charles Johnson, “Of Captain Misson and His Crew,” or the “Legend of Libertalia” (1728)
16. John L. O'Sullivan, “Retrospective View of the State of European Politics, Especially of Germany, since the Last Congress of Vienna,” United States Magazine and Democratic Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (1837)
17. A Reporter, “Glances at Congress: No. 1,” United States Magazine and Democratic Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (1837): 68–81
18. James Gemmel, “Two Years in Van Dieman's Land,” Daily Plebeian, July 1, 1842
19. Levi Slamm and Frances Whipple, “From a Rhode Islander” and “An Unrepublican Anomaly,” Daily Plebeian, August 3, 1842
20. Marcus Morton, “Governor Morton's Letter to the Suffrage Clam Bake Committee,” Daily Plebeian, September 6, 1842Conclusion: Generations of Remnants—Libertarianism and the Mechanics of Historical Change

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