Liberty, Political Power, and Prudence


This conference—through examining works by Thucydides, Machiavelli, Edmund Burke, and George Washington—provided an opportunity for a diverse group of business professionals to discuss the roles of prudence and political judgment in the preservation of individual liberty.


From Liberty Fund

Select Works of Edmund Burke: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents and The Two Speeches on America

by By Edmund Burke
Compiled and with a Foreword and Notes by Francis Canavan

This famed Payne edition of Select Works of Edmund Burke is universally revered by students of English history and political thought.

Volume 1, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents and The Two Speeches on America, contains Burke’s brilliant defense of the American colonists’ complaints of British policy, including…

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Additional Readings

Washington, George. George Washington: A Collection. Edited by W. B. Allen. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund. Inc., 1988. (accessed November 22, 2011).

Machiavelli, Niccolò. The Prince. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1985.

Thucydides. The Landmark Thucydides: A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War. Edited by Robert B. Strassler. Translated by Richard Crawley. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Zaleznik, Abraham. “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?” Harvard Business Review (January 2004): 74-81.