Political Theory

Democracy and Liberty in Herbert Croly’s Political Thought


This Socratic seminar examined the importance of individual liberty, representative versus direct democracy, the administrative state, and American foreign policy in the thought of Herbert Croly, perhaps the most important of all progressive thinkers. Readings consisted of excerpts from his two books, The Promise of American Life and Progressive Democracy, as well as selected editorials Croly wrote for The New Republic.


Conference Readings

Croly, Herbert. The Promise of American Life. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1909.

Croly, Herbert. Progressive Democracy. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2006.

Unknown. "The Bill of Rights Again." The New Republic (April 17, 1915): 272-273.

Unknown. "The Future of the State." The New Republic (September 15, 1917): 179-183.

Unknown. "Untitled." The New Republic (November 7, 1914): 5.

Unknown. "The Burden of Presidential Office." The New Republic (June 19, 1915): 162-164.

Unknown. "An Unseen Reversal." The New Republic (January 9, 1915): 7-8.

Unknown. "The Future of the Two-Party System." The New Republic (November 14, 1914): 10-11.

Unknown. "A Narrow Escape for the Democrat." The New Republic (November 7, 1914): 8-9.

Unknown. "The Railroads and the Nation." The New Republic (November 21, 1914): 11-12.

Unknown. "War and Revolution." The New Republic (March 24, 1917): 212-213.

Unknown. "Liberal Russia and the Peace of the World." The New Republic (March 24, 1917): 214-215.

Unknown. "For and Against the Bolsheviki." The New Republic (April 6, 1918): 280-282.

Unknown. "Conciliation for Russia?" The New Republic (January 25, 1919): 355-357.

Unknown. "Our Case Against the Soviet Republic." The New Republic (July 2, 1919): 263-266.