Political Science

On the Duty of Civil Disobedience (Version 3)

Read by Phil Chenevert


Henry David Thoreau


"That government is best which governs least" is the famous opening line of this essay. The slavery crisis inflamed New England i…

The Central Period of the Middle Age 918-1273

Read by Pamela Nagami


Beatrice A. Lees


Beatrice Lees writes that the history of the period of the Middle Ages from 918 to 1273 is that of "a heroic period, the age of feudali…

Offences Against One's Self: Paederasty

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Jeremy Bentham


Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) was an English jurist, philosopher, and legal and social reformer. He was a political radical and a leading theor…

O Abolicionismo

Read by Rachel Moraes


Joaquim Nabuco


“O Abolicionismo” é uma das obras mais importantes para a abolição da escravatura, no Brasil. Ela propõe, como t…

Meditations from the Pen of Mrs. Maria W. Stewart

Read by James K. White


Maria W. Stewart


Maria W. Stewart was America's first black woman political writer. Between 1831 and 1833, she gave four speeches on the topics of slavery a…

The Westminster Alice

Read by Ruth Golding


Saki


Published five years before John Kendrick Bangs had the same idea with Alice in Blunderland, Saki, in his 1902 series of satirical articles,…

The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians (Spartans)

Read by Phil Chenevert


Xenophon


The Polity of the Lacedaemonians talks about the laws and institutions created by Lycurgus, which train and develop Spartan citizens from bi…

The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice

Read by Sean Michael Hogan


Stephen Leacock


This lengthy political essay by noted Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock was written while he was professor of political economy at McGill U…

Areopagitica (Version 2)

Read by Thomas A. Copeland


John Milton


The noblest and most extensive defense of freedom of the press in English. Although Milton was sufficiently practical to serve as a censor o…

The Free Press

Read by Sean McClain


Hilaire Belloc


I propose to discuss in what follows the evil of the great modern Capitalist Press, its function in vitiating and misinforming opinion and i…

The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism

Read by Landon D. C. Elkind


Bertrand Russell


This book records Bertrand Russell's impressions of the new regime after a 1920 visit to Russia following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, inc…

The Law

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Frédéric Bastiat


"The law perverted! The law—and, in its wake, all the collective forces of the nation. The law, I say, not only diverted from its prope…

Philosophical Rudiments Concerning Government and Society

Read by Jeffrey Church


Thomas Hobbes


De Cive ("On the citizen") is one of Thomas Hobbes's major works. "The book was published originally in Latin from Paris in 1…

The Masque of Anarchy

Read by Phil Benson


Percy Bysshe Shelley


The Masque of Anarchy was Shelley's response to the Peterloo massacre at St Peter's Fields, Manchester, where 18 died and hundreds were inju…

From Dictatorship to Democracy (version 2)

Read by Benjamin Gittins


Gene Sharp


From Dictatorship to Democracy, A Conceptual Framework for Liberation is a book-length essay on the generic problem of how to destroy a dict…

The Life-Story of a Russian Exile

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Marie Sukloff


Hero or assassin? Victim or criminal? Marie Sukloff fits no easy category. A young peasant woman who became a political radical and activ…

Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, Book 1

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Niccolò Machiavelli


In "Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius", posthumous work by the author of The Prince, Machiavelli discusses the useful…

There Are Realistic Alternatives

Read by Benjamin Gittins


Gene Sharp


Violence in society and politics, whether in the form of war, terrorism, dictatorship, oppression, usurpation, or genocide, is widely recogn…

Wellington

Read by Pamela Nagami


George Hooper


Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, (1769-1852), was born in Dublin, the younger son of an Irish Protestant aristocrat. He served with…

Six Months In Mexico

Read by James K. White


Nellie Bly


This is an account of Nellie Bly's travels through Mexico in 1885. The book was originally a series of individual articles that she submitte…

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