Political Theory

Liberty and Power


Power has long been an important conference topic for Liberty Fund. This conference examined the nature and character of power, particularly as it relates to contemporary business and commerce.


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

Acton-Creighton Correspondence (Lord Acton and Archbishop Creighton). New York: Macmillan and Co, Limited, 1887. http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/2254.

de Jouvenel, Bertrand. On Power. Translated by J. F. Huntington. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1993.

Gilder, George. Knowledge and Power. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2013.

Hayek, F. A. The Constitution of Liberty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Naim, Moises. The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be. New York: Basic Books, 2013.

Thucydides. History of the Peloponnesian War. Edited by M. I. Finley. Translated by Rex Warner. London: Penguin Books, 1972.