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Principles of a Free Society by [Smith, Nathanael]
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Length: 238 pages

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  • File Size: 346 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Locke Institute; 1 edition (December 10, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 10, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J8HV0Q
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Thoroughly enjoyable, provocative and radical in a way that makes you think, "Wait, this is what we as Americans and post-Enlightenment thinkers have been saying for centuries--but do we really believe it?" Smith explores the roots of Western traditions of freedom and contrasts them with a cynical view of power and morality. In a carefully thought out way, he presents his view of what a society with the greatest true freedom would look like. His presentation gives us a mirror view of ourselves and asks us whether we can dig a little deeper and follow the radical tradition of freedom for which people like Locke, Jefferson, Gandhi and King strived. Most striking to me were his ideas on immigration and the "right to migrate"--probably the area of tyranny and injustice in today's world that receives the least attention from political thinkers. A great read and a needed challenge to those of any political persuasion.
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Nathanael Smith's Principles of a Free Society, written in the tradition of John Locke's Second Treatise on Government, advocates a political philosophy based on the God-given natural rights of freedom and justice, applying it to pressing issues like immigration and free trade. In particular, Smith seeks to become a spokesman for the cause of open borders, which in his view is integral to the principles of a free society.

Starting from the principle of habeas corpus--each individual's right to a day in court, which Smith conceives more broadly as the foundation of human rights--Smith develops a concept of a free society which serves as a platform from which to critique the immense power handed over to, or stolen by, governments. Like the American founders, Smith is preoccupied with the questions, "Who guards the guards?" or "How can governments be held in check?" Americans' understanding of freedom has been modified considerably in the past two centuries. Nathanael Smith advocates principles of a free society closer to the thinking of our founders. The timeliness of the book, as well as the clarity of Smith's philosophy, makes Principles of a Free Society a must read for all.

Where Nathanael Smith's philosophy is most unique--some may even find it dangerously revolutionary--is on questions of immigration and border policies.
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