• Aristotle on POLITICS

    Aristotle on POLITICS

    Find out just what Aristotle means when he says, "Man is a political animal."

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  • "A Tale of Two Revolutions" by Robert A. Peterson

    "A Tale of Two Revolutions" by Robert A. Peterson

    What's the difference in a CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION and a RADICAL REVOLUTION? Read Robert A. Peterson's popular essay contrasting the French and American Revolutions.

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  • Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs

    Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs

    Charted summary from THE STUDENT NEWS DAILY

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  • GOVERNMENT IN AMERICA:  People, Politics, and Policy (textbook)

    GOVERNMENT IN AMERICA: People, Politics, and Policy (textbook)

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  • Ten Conservative Principles

    Ten Conservative Principles

    Political theorist, historian and novelist Russell Kirk was one of the most influential social and literary critics of the 20th Century. Not only did Kirk help introduce modern politicians to the political theories of Irish statesman Edmund Burke, Kirk is widely credited with launching the contemporary conservative movement. Two of Kirk's books, The Conservatives' Rout (1952) and The Conservative Mind, served as the foundation for the political ideologies of such notable conservatives as National Review commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. and U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

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  • Ten Principles of Liberalism

    Ten Principles of Liberalism

    (NOT a classic...simply a fairly recent compilation in response to events) At this moment in history, as capitalism seems to have failed, as American international power is at an ebb, as globalization seems destined to continue, as the threat of terrorism continues to grow – evident both in our vulnerability and in the number of our enemies, as the nation-state which derives its legitimacy from providing for the needs of its citizens seems to be evolving into a market-state which is legitimated by the opportunities it offers its citizens – at this moment in history, Barack Obama has become president. The liberalism I am attempting to describe in this post is merely a sketch – but it is a sketch of what I see to be the right approach in this world .... As liberalism tends to be pragmatic rather than theoretical, many of these principles have regained prominence most specifically in response to recent problems in the world and with the Bush administration. I am focusing here on those aspects of principles which distinguish liberalism from other political philosophies – specifically, progressivism, various leftist movements, conservatives, libertarians, and extreme right-wingers.

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  • THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM by Fareed Zakaria -  Intro. and Ch. 1

    THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM by Fareed Zakaria - Intro. and Ch. 1

    Put things into historical perspective by reading "The Democratic Age" and "A Brief History of Human Liberty"

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  • "What Democracy Is and Is Not" by Schmitter and Karl

    "What Democracy Is and Is Not" by Schmitter and Karl

    The word "democracy" is overused by politicians and underused by academics, a word whose meaning is more emotional and evocative than it is precise. Why not let a couple of Standford poly sci profs clarify the issue for you? Schmitter and Karl begin their discussion with the problem of defining the term. Such a definition, they argue, should be sufficiently abstract as to allow a number of different practical political systems to satisfy the criteria.

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