Political Theory

Liberty and Leviathan


In this colloquium, we explored how powerful Hobbes's Leviathan needed to be, the extent to which his vision of the Leviathan had been realized in the modern world, and the extent to which such a Leviathan remained necessary for “peace at home” and on guard against “enemies abroad.”


Conference Readings

Arrow, Kenneth J. Social Choice and Individual Values. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1951.

Buchanan, James M. The Collected Works of James Buchanan, Volume 7: The Limits of Liberty: Between Anarchy and Leviathan. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund Inc., 2000.

Buchanan, James M. “Afraid to be free: Dependency as desideratum.” Public Choice 124 (2005): 19-31.

Crews, Clyde Wayne. “Ten Thousand Commandments 2014: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.” Competitive Enterprise Institute. https://cei.org/studies/ten-thousand-commandments-2014 (November 19, 2014).

de Jasay, Anthony. The State. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1998.

Dudley, Susan E. and Jerry Brito. Regulation: A Primer. Arlington: Mercatus Center, 2012.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume II: The Road to Serfdom - Text and Documents - The Definitive Edition. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Higgs, Robert. Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Holcombe, Randall G. “Government: Unnecessary but Inevitable.” The Independent Review 8, no. 3 (Winter 2004): 325-342.

Lemieux, Pierre. “The Vacuity of the Political ’We’.” Econlib.org. http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2014/Lemieuxwe.html (November 19, 2014).

Olson, Mancur. “Dictatorship, Democracy, and Development.” American Political Science Review 87, no. 3 (September 1993): 567-576.