Ronald Reagan famously stated, “Government is the problem.” But with six selections on government, politics, and economics in this, the fourth set of Well-Read Man Project books, making them part of my reading won’t be any problem at all.
You might not know this, but politics tends to be a controversial topic. And the political selections listed here won’t disappoint. They were controversial before the ink dried had fully dried on their published pages. Here are those six politically charged choices, in order of publication. (Click on a book to access its detail page.)
by Niccolò Machiavelli
by Thomas Hobbes
Manifesto of the Communist Party
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
The Road to Serfdom
by Friedrich Hayek
All the King’s Men
by Robert Penn Warren
The Prince starts things off by recommending a powerful leader, while Hobbes’ Leviathan introduces political restraints. The Communist Manifesto lays into the greedy business interests; Hayek sees things differently, as in “Communism bad, business good.” This should be fun.