Classics of Liberalism


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The
European Convention on Human Rights
Universal
Declaration of Human Rights
Introduction
to The Shame of the Cities Lincoln Steffens,
(1904)
Civil
Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau
THE
CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON by Immanuel Kant
The
Right to Ignore the State by Herbert Spencer
On
Liberty, John Stuart Mill 1860
On
Democracy in America,
Alexis de Toqueville 1835, 1840
 The
Social Contract Jean Jacques Rousseau1762
The
Federalist Papers 1788
US
Constitution 1787
Common Sense
by Thomas Paine 1776
Rights
of Man by Thomas Paine
A
Letter Concerning Toleration by John Locke  (1689)
Constitution
of the Iroquois Confederacy circa 1450-1500
The Magna Carta 
granted (under great duress) by King John at Runnymede on June 15,
1215
The
Athenian Constitution by Aristotle 350 BCE


 


When Hitler came for the Jews... I was not a Jew, therefore, I was
not concerned. And when Hitler attacked the Catholics, I was not a
Catholic, and therefore, I was not concerned. And when Hitler
attacked the unions and the industrialists, I was not a member of
the unions and I was not concerned. Then, Hitler attacked me and the
Protestant church -- and there was nobody left to be concerned.
-- Pastor Martin Niemoller, Congressional Record, October
14, 1968, vol. 114, p. 31636.


"Cessante ratione legis, cessat ipsa lex," which loosely
translated means "a law lacking rationality, ceases to be
law."


I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do
something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to
do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what
I should do, by the grace of God, I will do.
-- Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)


Liberalism
and the Left: Rethinking the Relationship; Common Origins, Different Pathsby Eric Foner
 

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