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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 (first published 1948)
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Levon
Mar 01, 2014 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.
JoséMaría BlancoWhite
Lord Acton es el típico autor cuyos famosos aforismos andan de boca en boca sin que nadie conozca prácticamente nada del autor de ellos. Uno de los liberales clásicos más citados entre mis fuentes, he elegido para leerle esta colección de ensayos suyos, densos pero de mucha enjundia, para adentrarme en su mundo y en su pensamiento. El libro es presentado mediante una aprovechosa introducción a cargo de Paloma de la Nuez. La vida misma del autor es merecedora de un libro por sí solo. Personaje si ...more
Dave
Jan 16, 2016 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.
Zachary Moore
May 11, 2014 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.
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely” 32 likes
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” 16 likes
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