Political Theory

Liberty and Modern War: Political and Economic Freedom in International Security


Using a combination of classic and more recent works, the colloquium examined the venerable argument that a world made up of democratic republics would enjoy perpetual peace.


From Liberty Fund

The Federalist

by By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan

The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Written and published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which were then bound by the Articles of Confederation,…

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Additional Readings

Kant, Immanuel. Perpetual Peace and Other Essays on Politics, History, and Morals. Edited by Ted Humphrey. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1983.

“Continental Congress, April 1781.” uchicago.edu. http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_11s3.html (December 2015).

“Brown v. United States.” uchicago.edu. http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_11s15.html. (December 2015).

Blackstone, William. “Commentaries.” uchicago.edu. http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_11s1.html (December 2015).

Doyle, Michael W. “Kant, Liberal Legacies and Foreign Affairs.” Philosophy and Public Affairs 12 (1983): 205-235 and 323-353.

Eisenhower, Dwight D. “Farewell Address to the Nation.” Eisenhower.archives.gov. http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_documents/farewell_address/Reading_Copy.pdf (December 17, 2015).

Friedberg, Aaron L. “Why Didn’t the United States Become a Garrison State?” International Security 16, no. 4 (Spring 1992): 109-142.

Friedman, Milton, “Why Not a Voluntary Army?” In The Draft: A Handbook of Facts and Alternatives, edited by SOL TAX, 200-207. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976.

Glenn, David. “Liberalism: The Fuel of Empires?” Chronicle of Higher Education (September 2005): 2.

Lasswell, Harold D. “The Garrison State.” The American Journal of Sociology 46, no. 4 (January 1941): 455-468.

Layne, Christopher. “Kant or Cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace.” International Security 19, no. 2 (1994): 5-49.

Machiavelli, Niccolò. The Prince. New York: Mentor, 1952.

Madison, James. “James Madison to Thomas Jefferson, 2 April 1798.” uchicago.edu. http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/a1_8_11s8.html (December 2015).

Moskos, Charles. “Reviving the Citizen-Soldier.” Public Interest 147 (2002): 76-85.

Parekh, Bhikhu. “Superior People: The Narrowness of Liberalism from Mills to Rawls.” Times Literary Supplement (February 1994): 11-13.

Posner, Richard. “An Army of the Willing.” New Republic (May 2003): 27-29.

Rangel, Charles. “Bring Back the Draft.” The New York Times (December 2002): 2.

Singer, Peter W. “Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry and its Ramifications for International Security.” International Security 26 (Winter 2001): 186-220.