Political Theory

Is Liberal Democracy Doomed to Self-Destruction?


The conference examined several theories of liberal democratic "doom," both to assess their cogency and to determine whether any remedies are available.


From Liberty Fund

Socialism and War

by By F. A. Hayek
Edited by Bruce Caldwell

In the essays in this volume Hayek contributed to economic knowledge in the context of socialism and war, while providing an intellectual defense of a free society. The connection between the two topics is illuminated through essays containing some of Hayek’s contributions to the socialist-calculation debate, writings pertaining to war,…

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Additional Readings

Menczer, Béla, eds. Catholic Political Thought, 1789-1848. London: Burns, Oates, 1952.

Constant, Benjamin. Political Writings. Edited by and translated by Biancamaria Fontana. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Koselleck, R. Critique and Crisis: Enlightenment and the Pathogenesis of Modern Society. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 1988.

Mill, John Stuart. Principles of Political Economy (The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, Volumes 2 and 3). Edited by J. M. Robson. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2006.

Runciman, David. The Confidence Trap. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Schumpeter, Joseph A. Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. New York: Harper Perennial, 1950.

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Edited by Eduardo Nolla. Translated by James T. Schleifer. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2010.