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REBELLION IN PRINT: POLITICAL IDEAS AGAINST THE CURRENT

Author(s): TIBOR R. MACHAN (Chapman University)
Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers, New York
ISBN: 978-1-935494-23-2
LCCN: 2011936841
Year: 2011
Pages: 236

Abstract:

There is altogether too much reliance on coercive force and its threat in human relations in most societies, including developed ones, and Machan’s objective in this book – which draws on many years of study in the field of political economy and theory – is to show that morally and practically the peaceful alternative within the classical liberal tradition is a superior one to all of the coercive polities in human history and around the globe. Machan reminds the reader that certain revolutionary ideas had come to be influential – for example, in the founding of America, via the principles of the Declaration – which drew a great deal of insight from such thinkers as John Locke. He explores the foundations of these insights, including the idea that there is a reasonably firm human nature, that human adults are moral agents and that this agency rest on the basic capacity to reason and to choose freely.
    The implications of accommodating these insights are then examined and defended against skeptical doubts. A good deal of the work concentrates on what Machan, following former U. S. President Gerald Ford, calls the petty tyrannies of government regulation, a form of prior restraint that is unwarranted as public policy for free men and women and one that can be replaced with policies that avoid such unjust approaches. Throughout the book, titled Rebellion In Print, Political Ideas Against the Current, Machan established the standard for civilized political life of reliance on reason instead of coercive force, not because necessarily this will produce optimal living in society, which it will tend to do, but primarily because the morally significant life of human beings – wherein they can be at their best as human individuals in the company of others – requires it.

REBELLION IN PRINT: POLITICAL IDEAS AGAINST THE CURRENT is indexed in: Geopolitics

Contemporary Political Geography: Power and Territory

Author(s): MADALINA ANDREI (Spiru Haret University)
Publisher: Addleton Academic Publishers, New York
ISBN: 978-1-935494-02-7978-1
LCCN: 2009904738
Year: 2009
Pages: 180

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CONTENTS 1. SOVEREIGNTY, LIBERAL EQUALITY, AND GLOBAL ORDER [5] 2. POLITICAL LEGITIMACY AND THE HEALTH OF NATIONS [30] 3. SPACE, POWER, AND DEMOCRACY [52] 4. GLOBAL TRANSFORMATIONS, POLITICAL REGIMES, AND TRANSNATIONAL JUSTICE [75] 5. GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE [96] 6. INTERNATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND NATIONAL IDENTITY IN GLOBALIZING SPACE [116] 7. GLOBAL IMBALANCES AND THE CURRENT FINANCIAL CRISIS [142]

Contemporary Political Geography: Power and Territory is indexed in: Geopolitics