An international collection of the world's most distinguished historians and political philosophers takes a fresh look at the political, legal, and philosophical contributions of Thomas Jefferson. The insightful essays analyze and illuminate the sophisticated layers of the political and legal thought of America's most influential and intellectually complex founder. With contributors who include Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Morton J. Frisch, Paul A. Rahe, James R. Stoner, Robert K. Faulkner, John Zvesper, Howard Temperley, Robert A. Rutland, Raoul Berger, Colin Bonwick, Peter J. Parish, Jeffrey Leigh Sedgewick, J. R. Pole, Richard King, and Jean M. Yarborough, this is essential reading for historians and political philosophers.
No need to feel left out Democrats, with this book you too can have some fun teasing your friends and family! Perfect for leaving around the house or giving as a gift, this remarkably "analytical" book is sure to trick the reader into believing it's genuine until they open it up and see the empty pages inside! Enjoy a good chuckle with a fellow Democrat, or a groan from a Republican over this satirical novelty book! The back reads: "In an unapologetically forthright fashion, this book concisely expresses the author's opinion of every prominent reason to vote for Republicans. While many political monographs are overwhelming and often confusing, this book painlessly communicates the many complexities of politics. Armed with the knowledge contained within this book, any soon-to-be voter stuck on the fence will be sure to feel much more at ease come election day."
This examination of republicanism in an Anglo-American and European context gives weight not only to the thought of the theorists of republicanism but also to the practical experience of republican governments in England, Geneva, the Netherlands, and Venice.
Exploring the backgrounds of the American and French revolutions, Higonnet finds that dominant American ideology welded together strands of individualist and communitarian thought under an umbrella of virtue, while most Frenchmen, by contrast, were still suspicious of economic individualism. Whereas in America both the rights of the individual and the interests of the community were protected in a pluralistic Federal system, in France these two forces remained at loggerheads. This resulted in politics of consensus in America and generated political conflict in France. ISBN 0-674-80982-3: $27.50.
"According to republican political theory, choosing freely requires being able to make the choice without subjection to another and freedom as a person requires being publicly protected against subjection in the exercise of basic liberties. But there is no public protection without a coercive state. And doesn't state coercion necessarily take from the freedom of the coerced? Philip Pettit addresses this question from a civic republican perspective, arguing that state interference does not involve subjection or domination if there is equally shared, popular control over government"--
Politics and Ethics in the English Revolution, 1646-1659
Author: Barber Sarah Barber
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE
This study of seventeenth-century monarchy suggests that the arguments which were used to attack the potentially absolutist monarchy of Charles I were not all that different from those used against the constitutional monarchy of today. The seventeenth-century arguments were based on the fiction that the person who fulfilled the office could be distinguished from the office itself. Personal morality and behaviour were vital factors in assessing the value of government. From 1646 onwards there developed two parallel strands of thought. Those who believed in government by laws developed a republican response to the crisis of the 1640s. Those who believed that people made laws attacked Charles I rather than the monarchy itself, supported the regicide and subsequently approved of the rule of Cromwell.
Representing five major areas of Augustan scholarship—historiography, poetry, art, religion, and politics—the nineteen contributors to this volume bring us closer to a balanced, up-to-date account of Augustus and his principate.
The Evolution and Defense of Republican Ideology During America's Tripolitan War, 1801-1805
Category: Africa, North
This thesis is an analysis of the connection between republican ideology and America's experience during the Tripolitan War, 1801-1805. Special focus is paid to the connection between early American republicanism and America's perceptions of the Barbary states, with specific analysis of racial, religious, and social issues which influenced American policy at the time. To accomplish this, Chapter One provides an overview of early perceptions of the Barbary pirates by the United States, in order to better establish the pirates as a barbarous and uncivilized "other" in the eyes of Americans. Chapter Two, then, begins with a brief description of the experience of being imprisoned by corsairs, before moving to a discussion of the ideological debate between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. This chapter elaborates on their views on the most effective method for dealing with the Barbary states and their definitions of republicanism, both being arguments which are indicative of their wider political beliefs. Chapter Three consists of an analysis of captivity narratives to illustrate the captives views on republicanism. This chapter also discusses the response of Americans at home to these seizures. Finally, Chapter Four is a case study of Stephen Decatur, Jr., as the pinnacle of republican manhood at the time. This examination brings together aspects of republicanism and Jeffersonianism, discussed throughout this work, in order to present Decatur as a culmination of this ideal. Thus, this thesis demonstrates that, despite being glossed over by many historians of the period, the Tripolitan War helps to clearly define republican ideology in the opening years of the nineteenth century, while also demonstrating that those ideas remained constantly in flux.
How the Bible, History, and Reality Refute the Rhetoric of Greed
Author: K. Schaeffer
Is the Republican Party the Christian Party? Or is it destroying Christianity? In our modern age of hyper-partisan politics, most Bible-believing Christians despise the Democratic Party for legalizing abortion, gay marriage, and recreational drugs. Therefore, they crown the Democrats' rivals - the Republicans - as the Christian Party and embrace Republican values as gospel. Are they wise, however, in assuming that the enemies of God's enemies are God's friends? Since the 1870s, the Republicans have been known as the party of the rich - the very class the Bible criticizes most. Now that most Christians have joined their ranks, Republicans bombard them with greed rhetoric that favors the interests of the wealthy above all else. The result: millions of wealth-obsessed Christians who have replaced biblical teachings with the false moralities of the Republican Party. These Republican false moralities sound great. They promote pure capitalism, personal responsibility, liberty, small government, the idea that taxes are evil, and the American way as righteousness that's one-in-the-same as Christianity. However, while some of these ideologies can indeed be used for good, they can also be tools of oppression. When Christians allow these Republican moralities to determine what's right and wrong, they worship a man-made philosophy that's not only oppressive, it's anti-biblical. If these Republican moralities become Christian doctrine, biblical Christianity will die. Rescuing Religion from Republican Reason uses the Bible, history, economic data, and common sense to refute the false moralities, historical misrepresentations, and economic deceptions of the self-proclaimed Christian party - the Republicans - especially with regard to the issues of money and business. It does so by: *Including 150 Bible passages that collectively oppose Republican ideology *Examining the atrocities of the late 1800s and early 1900s, when Republican doctrine ruled America *Refuting over 20 deceptive Republican economic arguments *Revealing the other-centered nature of God's laws *Exposing the wealth-centered nature of Republican principles *Shooting down the "what's right" arguments of the Republicans, so we can focus on doing "what works" for most people, all of whom are created in God's image.
A Political Biography of Notes on the State of Virginia
Author: Daniel Klinghard
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This biography of Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, his only published book, challenges conventional wisdom by demonstrating its core political thought as well as the political aspirations behind its composition, publication and initial dissemination. Building upon a close reading of the book's contents, Jefferson's correspondence and the first comprehensive examination of both its composition and publication history, the authors argue that Jefferson intended his Notes to be read by a wide audience, especially in America, in order to help shape constitutional debates in the critical period of the 1780s. Jefferson, through his determined publication and distribution of his Notes even while serving as American ambassador in Paris, thus brought his own constitutional and political thought into the public sphere - and at times into conflict with the writings of John Adams and James Madison, stimulating a debate over the proper form of Republican constitutionalism that still reverberates in American political thought.
Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution
Author: Paul Anthony Rahe
An assessment of the ancient Greek city and its subsequent influence. A masterwork of political theory and comparative politics for the classroom. "In a series of sketches touching on everything from the lust for honor to the suspicion of commerce and philosophy, from the role of homoerotic bonds in maintaining military formations to the distrust of technological innovation, Rahe brilliantly reminds us how utterly committed the Greeks were to a politics in which the distribution of honors, education and culture in all their forms, and economic activity were all designed to preserve civic solidarity.--Jack N. Rakove, American Historical Review "[An] extraordinary book. . . . It is a great achievement and will stay as a landmark.--Patrick Leigh Fermor, The Spectator (London) "A work of magisterial erudition.--Journal of American History