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Booklog: Liberal Books

 

I have started work on a piece analyzing the rights and wrongs of the classical liberal tradition.  To do it properly, I am going to review a number of major works in that tradition, specifically, Mandeville, Condorcet, Smith, Godwin, JS Mill, Fitzjames Stephen, and Hayek.  I do not intend to spend a great deal of time on each author, perhaps a week or so, so it will be a lightening survey.

If readers are up to it, this could restart and refocus an old conversation in a less polemical vein.  My intention is to show the extent to which liberalism reflects certain decent aspirations of Western Christendom, but ultimately creates a movement that undermines and destroys the foundations.  Mandeville's Fable of the Bees is as good as any place to start.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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