Political Theory

The Recent Intellectual History and Rhetoric of Liberalism


This conference discussed developments of liberalism as a political doctrine. We discussed different arguments that have been presented to promote liberal ideas, their efficacy or lack of it in moving public opinion to support those ideas, and the extent that the problem of selling liberalism is one of substance.


From Liberty Fund

What Should Economists Do?

by By James M. Buchanan
Preface by Geoffrey Brennan and Robert D. Tollison

This volume is a collection of sixteen essays on three general topics: the methodology of economics, the applicability of economic reasoning to political science and other social sciences, and the relevance of economics as moral philosophy. Several essays are published here for the first time, including “Professor Alchian on Economic…

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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

Paul, Ron. “Ron Paul vs. Ben Bernanke” (2012). A fourteen-minute video excerpt from Congressional House Financial Services Committee proceedings.

Norberg, Johan "Understanding the financial crisis" (2010). A twelve-minute video from the Cato Institute Policy Forum presentation.

Bastiat, Frédéric. Economic Sophisms. Edited by Arthur Goddard. Irvington-on-Hudson: Foundation for Economic Education, 1996.

Buchanan, James M. Why I, Too, Am Not a Conservative: The Normative Vision of Classical Liberalism. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2005.

Fawcett, Edmund. Liberalism: The Life of an Idea. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014.

Friedman, Milton. “Neo-Liberalism and its Prospects.” Farmand 17 (February 1951): 89-93.

Friedman, Milton and Rose Friedman. Free to Choose. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1980.

Gandhi, Mahatma. “Quit India.” wikipedia.org. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quit_India_speech (1942).

Henry, Patrick. “Give me liberty or give me death.” Patrick Henry Center. http://www.patrickhenrycenter.com/Speeches.aspx#LIBERTY (1775).

Keynes, John Maynard. Essays in Persuasion. New York: Classic Books, 2009.

King, Martin Luther, Jr. “I Have a Dream Speech, August 28, 1963.” TeachingAmericanHistory.org. http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/i-have-a-dream-speech/ (January 19, 2016).

Lakoff, Georges. “When Cognitive Science Enters Politics.” georgelakoff.com. http://georgelakoff.com/writings/rockridge-institute/ (2006).

Lakoff, Georges. “Beyond Beauty and Wonder.” georgelakoff.com. http://georgelakoff.com/writings/rockridge-institute/. (2006).

Luntz, Frank. Words that Work: It’s Not What You Say, It’s What People Hear. New York: Hyperion, 2007.

McCloskey, Deirdre. “The Rhetoric of Liberty.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly (Winter 1996): 9-27.

Moorfield Storey Institute. “Value for Value: A Short Story on Why Libertarians Fail to Communicate.” Moorfield Storey Blog, January 12, 2012. http://storeyinstitute.blogspot.com/2012/01/value-for-value-short-story-on-why.html (2012).

Nozick, Robert. “Why Do Intellectuals Oppose Capitalism?” Cato Policy Report (January/February 1998): 1-7.

Pinker, Steven. “Block That Metaphor!.” The New Republic Online. https://newrepublic.com/article/77730/block-metaphor-steven-pinker-whose-freedom-george-lakoff (2006).

Reagan, Ronald. “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate.” American Rhetoric. www.AmericanRhetoric.com (August 14, 2013).

Roosevelt, Theodore. “Citizenship in a Republic [The Man in the Arena] .” Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. http://www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org/Learn-About-TR/TR-Encyclopedia/Culture-and-Society/Man-in-the-Arena.aspx (1910).

Salinas León, Roberto. “On Conversation and Criticism: Soldiers and Saviors in an Age of Information.” Paper presented at the Mont Pelerin Society Meeting, Guatemala, November 8, 2006.