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Sovereignty: God, State, and Self, by Jean Bethke Elshtain

World HistoryPolitical Theory

10/01/2008Mises Review
Several years ago, I wrote a diatribe against Jean Elshtain's Just War Against Terror . She was not altogether pleased by this and sent in a letter of protest, which evoked yet more venom from me.
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Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, by Nicholson Baker

War and Foreign PolicyWorld History

07/01/2008Mises Review
The neoconservatives are already in hot pursuit of Human Smoke . In the March 2008 issue of Commentary, David Pryce-Jones called it a "mendacious book."
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Inconvenient Facts about World War II

U.S. HistoryWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

05/26/2008Mises Daily Articles
One would like to think, though, that in view of the appalling massacres and destruction of the war, some better choices than the ones Churchill and Roosevelt made were possible.
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Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, by Jonah Goldberg

U.S. HistoryWorld HistoryPolitical Theory

04/01/2008Mises Review
Jonah Goldberg has ruined what could have been a valuable book. Goldberg has in the past treated libertarians with disdain, but here he offers an analysis of fascism that libertarians will find familiar.
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Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, by John Gray

World HistoryPolitical Theory

12/01/2007Mises Review
Has John Gray come back? Once a classical liberal admired by Murray Rothbard, Gray many years ago abandoned the defense of the free market. Herbert Spencer, he now claimed, was a precursor of fascism;
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Theory and History

World History

08/02/2007Audio/Video
Recorded at Mises University 2007.
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10. Robert Nozick and Murray Rothbard

Legal SystemWorld HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

06/09/2007Audio/Video
Robert Nozick, 1938-2002, was a professor at Harvard whose best known book is Anarchy, State, and Utopia (1974) – a libertarian answer to Rawls’ A Theory of Justice (1971). Murray Rothbard, 1926-1995, wrote The Ethics of Liberty as his main political philosophy work.
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8. John Stuart Mill, Lysander Spooner and Herbert Spencer

Legal SystemWorld HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

06/08/2007Audio/Video
John Stuart Mill, 1806-1873, was the most famous classical liberal. Herbert Spencer, 1820-1903, was a prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. Lysander Spooner, 1808-1887, was an American individualist anarchist and abolitionist.
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9. John Rawls

Legal SystemWorld HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

06/08/2007Audio/Video
John Rawls, 1921-2002, was the most influential figure among American philosophers. His first, and main, work, A Theory of Justice (1971), made him famous. It aimed to resolve the seemingly competing claims of freedom and equality.
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6. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Legal SystemWorld HistoryPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

06/07/2007Audio/Video
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, influenced the French Revolution with his political philosophy and his social contract theory. The perspective of many of today’s environmentalists can be traced back to Rousseau, espousing that all degenerates in man’s hands. The Social Contract (1972), his most...
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