December 6, 2012

Educate, Inform, Debate


    As you know, this blog was started with the explicit statement of conservative principle and orthodox Catholicism. Given the results of the last election, and the tendency of groups like the Tea Party (for whom I have spoken) to degenerate into sloganism, I have decide to publish this list of authors and works with which any conservative ought to be familiar, if not having read. It is time to engage in grassroots education, so that we may be informed, and that we may debate. We must focus not just on 2016, but on 2020, 2024, and so on. With that said, here is a list of conservative and libertarian authors (some crossing over, of course) and works to consider. They are in an unordered list of ancient and modern texts. Suggestions for new is always welcome!

To Read:

Fredrich Hayek - "The Road to Serfdom"
Erik Voegelin - "The New Science of Politics"
Edmund Burke - "Reflections on the Revolution in France
Russell Kirk - Almost anything, but begin with "The Essential Russell Kirk" or "The Roots of American Order"
Plato - "The Republic"
Aristotle - "Politics"
Cicero - "The Republic" ; "The Laws" ; "On Moral Duties"
Montesquieu - "Spirit of the Laws"
Alexis de Tocqueville - "Democracy in America:
Ludwig von Mises - "A Theory of Money and Credit"
Various - Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers
Frederic Bastiat - "The Law"
George Washington - Various
John Adams - Various

General Reference:

Joseph Story - "Commentaries on the Constitution"
William Blackstone - "Commentaries on the Laws of England"
The Founders Constitution -
Key Documents of Liberty -