The Sphere and Duties of Government, Tr. from [Ideen Zu Einem Versuch &C.] by J. Coulthard
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The Sphere and Duties of Government, Tr. from [Ideen Zu Einem Versuch &C.] by J. Coulthard

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri...more
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Published March 16th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published September 1st 1969)
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Eric Gulliver
This text of Classical Liberalism speaks for itself.

“The true end of Man, or that which is prescribed by the eternal and immutable dictates of reason, and not suggested by vague and transient desires, is the highest and most harmonious development of his powers to a complete and consistent whole. Freedom is the first and indispensable condition which the possibility of such a development presupposes;” (16).

“But, still, freedom is undoubtedly the indispensable condition, without which even the p...more
David Spencer
I read every chapter twice, so I basically read this book twice. I became sick partway through reading this book, and so I've almost read this book three times, actually, since I went through and re-read everything I'd already read but the translator's way-too-large introduction when I recovered from my illness. I can't stop raving about this dude and his arguments. This book is fucking essential, and I wish that every Occupy Wall Street protester was shouting this shit from the rooftops, archai...more
Billie Pritchett
Enlightenment thinker Wilhelm von Humboldt outlines his political theory in this book, arguing for a libertarian conception of the state. He believes basically that the state should only be entrusted to ensure the security of its citizens and nothing more. The rest of the transactions that would occur between people would occur from their free and creative impulses, including education, work practices, road safety, etc. (by the way, he did not actually mention work and roads but on his theory th...more
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One of the greatest essay about freedom
Ken Schaefer
Hard book to slog through.
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Wilhelm (Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand) von Humboldt, German man of letters extraordinary, close friend of the poets Goethe and Schiller, whose life's work encompasses the areas of philosophy, literature, linguistics, anthropology, education, and political thought as well statesmanship was born in Potsdam on June 23, 1767 and died at Tegel near Berlin on April 8, 1835. Although there...more
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