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The ‘Also Rans’, Men Who Missed the Presidency

The 'Also Rans', Men Who Missed the Presidency

Don C. Seitz

Covers those men who ran for the leadership of the United States, but never quite made it. Chapters include; Aaron Burr; William H. Crawford; John C. Calhoun; Henry Clay; Lewis Cass; Daniel Webster; Winfield Scott; Horatio Seymour, and many more.

The American Crisis

The American Crisis

Thomas Paine

A pamphlet series originally published during the American Revolution. Paine, like many other politicians and scholars, knew that the Colonists weren’t going to support the American Revolutionary War without proper reason to do so. The pamphlets were written in a language that the common man could understand, and represented Paine’s liberal philosophy…

The American Omen

Garet Garrett

The American Omen is about the rise of American power, economics and politics, mechanization, scientific management, wealth and power. A fascinating look at pre-Depression era economic thought and American global supremacy.

Anarchism and Other Essays

Anarchism and Other Essays

Emma Goldman

Chapters include: Anarchism: What It Really Stands For; Minorities Versus Majorities; The Psychology Of Political Violence; Prisons: A Social Crime And Failure; Patriotism: A Menace To Liberty; Francisco Ferrer And The Modern School; The Hypocrisy Of Puritanism; The Traffic In Women; Woman Suffrage; The Tragedy Of Woman’s Emancipation; Marriage And Love; and, The Modern Drama: A Powerful Disseminator Of Radical Thought.

Areopagitica

Areopagitica

John Milton

A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England is a 1644 prose polemical tract by the English poet, scholar, and polemical author John Milton opposing licensing and censorship. Areopagitica is among history’s most influential and impassioned philosophical defences of the principle of a right…

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Balthasar Gracian

A long-lost, 300-year-old book of wisdom on how to live successfully yet responsibly in a society governed by self-interest. As acute as Machiavelli yet as humanistic and scrupulously moral as Marcus Aurelius.

Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

In this essay, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War.

Common Sense

Common Sense

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paines cry to the American people to get rid of the pesky British Rulers. Even though he was a Deist, he cleverly used Biblical references to appeal to a larger audience. It worked. Selling over half a million copies (a hell of a lot in those days), it was believed to be “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary…

The Commonwealth of Oceana

The Commonwealth of Oceana

James Harrington

The Commonwealth of Oceana, published 1656, is a composition of political philosophy written by the English politician and essayist, James Harrington (1611–1677). It is an exposition on an ideal constitution, designed to allow for the existence of a utopian republic.

The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto

Karl Marx And Friedrich Engels

The Communist Manifesto (Das Kommunistische Manifest), originally titled Manifesto of the Communist Party, has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential political manuscripts. Commissioned by the Communist League, it laid out the League’s purposes and program. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism, rather than a prediction of communism’s potential…

The Communistic Societies of the United States

Charles Nordhoff

Fully illustrated. A fascinating look at communal societies within the United States during the 19th Century. The author gives accounts of several such societies, like the Shakers, the Harmony Society, and the Perfectionists, commenting on how they live and their beliefs, etc.

Democracy, An American Novel

Democracy, An American Novel

Henry Adams

Democracy: An American Novel is a political novel written by Henry Brooks Adams and published anonymously in 1880. It is a novel about political power, its acquisition, use and abuse. It is set at the beginning of a new administration, with the election campaign just over and the new President of the United States just having been elected. However, all the characters depicted are entirely fictitious. The new president’s Christian name is Jacob, while his full name is never revealed. Dates are never mentioned either, but internal evidence (at one point a 25-year-old woman says that she was “almost an infant” during the Civil War)…

Discourses of Niccolo Machiavelli

Discourses of Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolo Machiavelli

The Discourses on Livy is a work of political history and philosophy written in the early 16th century. The title identifies the work’s subject as the first ten books of Livy’s Ab urbe condita, which relate the expansion of Rome through the end of the Third Samnite War in 293 BCE. Machiavelli frequently describes Romans and other ancient peoples…

Education for Self-Realisation and Social Service

Frank Watts

From the Preface: “This is a book written primarily for teachers of the young, and is introductory to the first part of the general design of the New Humanist Series outlined in the preceding General Preface. But parents and students will also, it is hoped, find in it much that concerns them. The author has attempted to provide a point…

An Essay on the Principle of Population

An Essay on the Principle of Population

Thomas Malthus

First published anonymously in 1798, this book predicted a grim future, as population increased. While it was not the first book on population, it was revised for over 28 years and has been acknowledged as the most influential work of its era. A key portion of the book was dedicated to what is now known as Malthus’ Iron Law of Population…

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