Power In The People

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The United States of America was established with lofty moral goals and noble purpose; it was believed that a government based on these ethical principles was the proper way to realize liberty and freedom. As the country continues to grow, from the days of the colonies to the influential nation that it is today, the governmental structure has grown and developed along with it into a unique type of government that profoundly affects the lives of the American people.

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Overview

The United States of America was established with lofty moral goals and noble purpose; it was believed that a government based on these ethical principles was the proper way to realize liberty and freedom. As the country continues to grow, from the days of the colonies to the influential nation that it is today, the governmental structure has grown and developed along with it into a unique type of government that profoundly affects the lives of the American people.

Power in the People presents a detailed analysis of not only the origins of democracy, development and operation of government, and evolution of the country, but also a penetrating look into the character and purpose of the republic. Morley focuses on the founding of American freedom in the conviction that the individual is fully capable of self-government, and therefore power must be dispersed as much as possible among the individual citizens who generate public order from the internal order of their own souls. The power in the people is precisely that of self-government, which minimizes the need for state power, and the self-government is necessarily under the authority of God.

The dream of building a commonwealth more gracious than any that had gone before was ever in the minds of the founding fathers and reflected in their act of placing great power in the hands of the citizens. Michael Henry's new introduction to this classic book places the work into the context of contemporary society, most poignantly noting that America, by Morley's standards, has not been vigilant enough in preserving its historic greatness or freedom.

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“Mr. Morley’s work is an inspiring and scholarly rediscovery of the taproots of American Liberty.” —Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412813426
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Henry is professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, New York. He is also the series editor of Transaction’s Library of Conservative Thought series. His work has appeared in Modern Age, The Hillsdale Review, and The Political Science Reviewer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition ix

Foreword xxvii

Preface xxxi

Introduction xxxiii

1 The Purpose of the Republic 1

2 The Nature of the Republic 26

3 The Heritage of the Republic 53

4 Strength and Weakness 79

5 State and Society 104

6 The Issue of Authority 129

7 The Meaning of Self-Government 156

8 Free Enterprise 181

9 The Fundamental Challenge 214

10 To Maintain the Republic 241

Bibliography 267

Index 281

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    Felix Morley covers in depth how the United States came to be and how it can stay on the path of liberty. This book is as important today as it was when it was written in 1972. Every American needs to read this book to understand our current state of affairs.

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