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The book of enlightened statecraft,
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This review is from: The Republic and The Laws (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
This book is highly recommended to everyone that has intellectually evolved past the marxist, socialist, capitalist or classical liberal theories and has a deep understanding of not just political theory, but more importantly empirical facts regarding the consequenes of these theories when they are institutionalized.
This is not a beginners book, but is recommended to anyone having read Schumpeter, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Rousseau, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, John Stuart Mill, Platon, Aristotle, Gadamer, Kant and Machiavelli. The reason for this is because this book does not embrace radical ideas suited for young minds, but reflecting ideas suited for a sophisticated mature mind.
I will not give any examples to the arguments and philosophy of Cicero as I want other readers to experience them for themselves, as they are revelations.
The book is highly entertaining to read as it is enlightening, it is written as a screenplay of a group of friends spending the summer holiday at the great Scipio Africanus summer estate in the suburbs of Rome discussing the best form of society, and deals with themes from Justice, Traditions, Religion, Power, distribution of Capital, wellfare, trade and war. This book is for the mature mind as it is built on empirical facts of history rather than political wishfull thinking of utopias.
This book provides a blueprint for the most stable society, where imperfect human beings can coexist in prosperity and justice without the need for revolutions or depressions.
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Initial post: 25 Dec 2012 01:21:15 GMT
Thankyou for your excellent review, I have now ordered this book it seems to be exactly what I am looking for. Although I am only 39 I have spent most of my years reading the authors you mention and feel this book and your review have came at just the right moment.
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