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Essays On Freedom And Power

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Essays on Freedom and Power collects Lord Acton's most important writings on a theme that would define his reputation for more than a century: the corruptions of power. The reader learns from Acton's love of liberty as the creative force in culture and society. This is the great collection of this giant of the late 19th century, published first in 1948 and republished by t ...more
Paperback, 452 pages
Published 2010 by Ludwig von Mises Institute
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Jun 29, 2014 Levon rated it really liked it
Acton's collection of essays are a great read for the liberty lover, as well as the historian and theologian. The final chapter is a wonderful history of the Catholic church post-inquisition, and the power struggle between individuals and the centralization of church authority, both in issues of faith and society itself.
Feb 22, 2016 Dave rated it it was ok
I remember reading Acton quotes years ago and loving them, but seeing them in context is quite different. I would never have guessed that Acton was a monarchist, a highly devout Catholic, and a racist. Well, the racism is to be expected given his time, but he was against abolition and very much a states' rights guy. Boo, Acton.

Also, his writing is incredibly elliptical and thus not very easy to read.
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Jul 24, 2014 Zachary Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the essays included here may strike some readers as extraneous to the main point, but overall it provides a good overview of Acton's work and thoughts on important topics of history and philosophy. It includes Acton's letter to Creighton including the phrase "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
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John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton, and usually referred to simply as Lord Acton, was an English historian.
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“It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.” 2 likes
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