Constitutional Government

JULY 01, 1981

Additional Readings

Among the books published by The Foundation for Economic Education or stocked for resale from other publishers, the following are especially commended for further study of the principles underlying the Constitution.

Frederic Bastiat

The Law

The law, it has been said, is nothing more than the will of tyrants. So it has been many times in history. But just laws depend upon a law which underlies the law passed by legislatures or declared by rulers. It is a law which provides the framework of liberty. Emancipation from the doleful theories of the compulsive state awaits discerning readers of this brief treatise.

Clarence B. Carson

The American Tradition

Is the libertarian position incompatible with conservatism? Somewhere, perhaps, but in the United States, NO! This becomes clear in this careful and illuminating work on the American tradition. In the United States, a great tradition took shape that was protective of and in harmony with liberty. This book describes, too, how the tradition has been distorted and is being undermined.

The Rebirth of Liberty

Liberty has been all too often stillborn in the revolutions of our era. The promises of freedom were but deceitful allure from would-be tyrants. One revolution was different, however; it was the American Revolution. How the promise was turned into reality is the subject of this contemporary study of the great men and events of that revolt by Americans from English rule.

John Chamberlain

The Roots of Capitalism

The connection between economic thought and practice is a vital one. In similar manner, the precondition of private property to the effective use of capital is essential. Chamberlain has woven these and other threads together to tell the modern story of freedom and production.

W. M. Curtiss

The Tariff Idea

No notion has been more persistently held in our era than the one that obstacles ought to be placed in the way of goods entering a country. Even today auto stickers proclaim “Every foreign car imported cost 10 jobs for Americans.” W. M. Curtiss has exposed this fallacy in this brief, easy-to-read and hard-to-put-down booklet. The case for freedom is clearly and forcefully made.

Gottfried Dietze

The Federalist: A Classic on Federalism and Free Government

It is generally conceded that The Federalist was the greatest American contribution to political thought. It follows that a clear understanding of these papers and the thought of the men who wrote them is vital both to thinking about politics and to an understanding of the United States Constitution. Professor Dietze has provided invaluable rids to doing this in his seminal work on The Federalist.

Verna M. Hall

The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States

The Constitution of the United States was founded upon the conception of a Higher Law. The Higher Law concept is itself founded in the belief in the laws of God. Verna Hall has collected and arranged in a single volume the evidences of the Christian foundation of our Constitution.

Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison

The Federalist

Serious students of government, and particularly American government, may well begin with these papers written by John Jay, Alex-under Hamilton, and James Madison. It is the most brilliant justification and explanation of the Constitution that has been made. The principles of effective government and liberty are set forth in this great work!

Clarence Manion

The Key to Peace

Those who think that the American way can somehow be evoked by a vague and general term such as “Democracy” should be especially interested in this booklet. With great economy, Clarence Manion covers the key ideas in the Declaration of Independence and describes the basic institutions and practices. It reawakens pride in America and respect for the heritage.

Ludwig von Mises

Planned Chaos

The destruction of liberty in America as elsewhere has been accomplished both by private violence and by the near irresistible force of the modern state. This “easy, bloodless and non- violent” transition to socialism is the subject of Planned Chaos. Professor Mises tells why the popularity of this policy is not a safe test of its soundness, why it fails in its avowed purposes, and what it does to nations which pursue it.

Leonard E. Read

Anything That’s Peaceful

If Leonard Read simply announced that he favored anything that was peaceful, what man of good will could disagree with him? But he does not leave it there. He goes on to name and demonstrate that a great many things we are doing do not make for peace. He shows that the peacemakers are greatly outnumbered by the aggressors. The core of his philosophy is set forth in this book.

George Charles Roche III

American Federalism

What is the essence of the American system of government? Is it a centralized democracy? May a majority rightfully do whatever it pleases? What roles do the states play in our system? In this succinct study, George Roche covers the past, the present, and offers some thoughts for the future of federalism.

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July 1981


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