On Civil Liberty and Self-government
Lawbook Exchange, Limited, 2001 - 629 páginas
Widely read and used as a political science textbook, this is the best known of Lieber's work. He was a prominent political philosopher who helped lay the foundation for the study of political science in the United States. Renowned for his theory of civil liberty presented here, which combined an appreciation for the English concept of decentralized political institutions with the German idea of an overall national purpose, he bridged the intellectual gap between Europe and America. Enlarged edition in one volume, having first been published in two volumes in 1853. xiv, 629 pp.
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Of all absolute monarchs , however , it is true that “ it is the vice of a pure (
absolute ) monarchy to raise the power so high and to surround it with so much
grandeur that the head is turned of him who possesses it , and that those who are
the terms , and nearly every word applies to absolute democracies with equal
truth . Aristotle says that the perfected democracy ( what we would call
democratic absolutism ) is equal to the tyrannis ( monarchical absolutism . ) . This
is true , yet ...
... of force , and who consider the essence of democracy to consist in absolute
equality concentrated in absolute dominion , whether of the majority , or of one to
whom the majority has transferred the absolute power — the democratic Cæsar .
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DEFINITIONS OF LIBERTY
THE MEANING OF CIVIL LIBERTY
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