Limited Government, Individual Liberty and the Rule of Law: Selected Works by Arthur Asher Shenfield

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This volume offers a selection of the works of one of the most persuasive and sophisticated theorists of the free economy and the free society, Arthur Asher Shenfield. Arthur Asher Shenfield was a classical liberal and an astute critic of misguided government intervention in a free economy. He produced sophisticated refutations of both full-blooded socialism and the milder varieties of collectivism and welfarism pioneered in Scandinavia and Western Europe. He was a keen observer of American affairs and included here is a selection of his essays on constitutionalism and law in the United States. These essays trace the decline in legal protection that America has given economic agents and examine the rise of socialist influences in the American judiciary system. Shenfield also offers a robust account of the legal and economic effect of US and European anti-trust law, as well as discussing the adverse effect on economic efficiency caused by trade unions.
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Shenfield (1909-90) was a British lawyer and business advocate who also commented on affairs in the US. Here are a collection of 23 essays representing his criticism of government, socialism, labor unions, and anything else that might impede the pursuit of profit. They are presented in sections of law, economy and the state; the meaning of the market; socialism: the fatal conceit; trade-unions: above the law; and the spirit of capitalism. They were originally published between 1970 and 1989. Bibliographic references are slender when present. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858987880
  • Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: John Locke Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

A biography
Arthur Asher Shenfield 1909-1990: an appreciation 1
Pt. I Law, Economy and the State
Friedrich A. von Hayek: Nobel prizewinner 17
The new thought of F. A. Hayek: his political and legal theory 22
Hayek on law 33
Equality before the law 48
Must we abolish the state? 61
The new deal and the supreme court 72
Pt. II The Meaning of the Market
The nature of competition 85
The economic system - rules versus authorities 98
Conservatism and the liberal economy 107
Myth and reality in anti-trust 117
Pt. III Socialism: The Fatal Conceit
Myth and reality in economic systems 139
The failure of socialism: learning from the Swedes and the English 188
Pt. IV Trade Unions: Above the Law
The rise of trade union power in Britain 223
What about the trade unions? 239
Unions and national politics: Britain and the USA 247
Thatcher's reform of Britain's labour unions 254
Big government, big labour and big business: parallels true and false 266
Pt. V The Spirit of Capitalism
Capitalism under the tests of ethics 281
Sense and nonsense about the corporation 292
The businessman and the politician 297
The roots of American discontent 306
The ideological war against western society 321
The ugly intellectual 341
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