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In Defense of Politics

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In this illuminating celebration of the political world, Bernard Crick asserts that politics, with
its compromises and power struggles, remains the only tested alternative to government by
coercion, making both freedom and order possible in heterogeneous societies. For Crick,
politics is messy and complex, and his book defends it against those who would identify it with (and
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 25th 1993 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1962)
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Jussarian
Feb 22, 2013 Jussarian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, philosophy
I love this book and return to it often. Starting with some clear distinctions about what is politics and what is a sordid struggle for power, it makes a complex argument for doing politics as the foundation for free life. Crick examines the claims of some of the rivals to politics and also expands his argument in a series of afterwords showing e relevance of politics for assorted causes. The book itself ends with an illuminating, unsentimental review of Lincoln's political actions and motives ...more
Danu Poyner
A clear and accessible attempt to discuss what politics is, and isn't. Though it dances around some issues (eg nationalism) that later writers have dealt with more convincingly, it is worth reading for the chapter 'A Defence of Politics against False Friends' alone. In its discussion of pragmatic conservatives who imagine themselves above politics, squeamish apolitical liberals and 'student politics', it reads as aptly and urgently now as it no doubt did half a century ago when it was written.

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Andrew
Aug 16, 2012 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Crick's famous work on why politics are important. Not a bad read, but I probably wouldn't have read it if it wasn't assigned for a political science class in college.
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Sir Bernard Rowland Crick was a British political theorist and democratic socialist whose views were often summarised as "politics is ethics done in public". He sought to arrive at a "politics of action", as opposed to a "politics of thought" or of ideology.
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