Political Theory

Who Was the Real Thomas Jefferson?

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Liberty, State, & Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson by Luigi Marco Bassani (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2010); 277 pages. No one doubts that our understanding of historical figures may need to be revisited from time to time. But academic specialists have been known to overreach. To portray a historical figure in a light exactly opposed to the ... [click for more]

Book Review: After Liberalism

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After Liberalism: Mass Democracy in the Managerial State by Paul Edward Gottfried (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2001); 185 pages; $35. IN THE 1960s, Friedrich A. Hayek published a monograph entitled The Confusion of Language in Political Thought. He emphasized that one of the greatest difficulties in clarifying and arguing for the idea of freedom is the misuse and abuse of ... [click for more]

Book Review: Communism

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Communism: A History by Richard Pipes (New York: The Modern Library, 2001); 175 pages; $19.95. IT SEEMS HARD TO BELIEVE that it is already more than 10 years since the collapse and disappearance of the Soviet Union in December 1991. It was only about 10 years earlier, in 1981, that the conservative French social critic Jean-François Revel first published his book ... [click for more]