Liberty and coercion

the paradox of American government from the founding to the present
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Politics and government, Political culture, Abuse of administrative power, Federal-state controversies, Federal government, Hi
StatementGary Gerstle
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LC ClassificationsJK311 .G46 2015
The Physical Object
Paginationxiii, 452 pages
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Open LibraryOL27199859M
ISBN 100691162948
ISBN 139780691162942
LC Control Number2015002394
OCLC/WorldCa904801103

"Liberty and Coercion is a much-needed, cogent, and deftly executed exploration of the American state. Gerstle's lucid and widely informed argument provides insights never advanced before and will attract a wide readership. This book is a home run."―Daniel Carpenter, Harvard UniversityCited by: —New York Times Book Review "Liberty and Coercion is a towering achievement, bristling with stimulating arguments and historical erudition."—Desmond King, Financial Times "[A] triumph."—Bookforum "[A]n informative and sophisticated account of the impact and import of this contradiction throughout American history.

How we got into this mess is the subject of Gerstle’s terrific, engaging and deeply analytical new book, “Liberty and ­Coercion,” which offers an ambitious re­interpretation of Author: Beverly Gage.

I opened this book hoping to learn about the tensions that exist between the US federal government and the states' exercise of power. I closed it considerably better informed than I have ever been. Liberty and Coercion is a superb work of political history. There was much in these pages that was completely new to me.4/5(10).

The series explores themes that I first developed in my book, Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present (Princeton University Press, ). Meanwhile commentators trying to make sense of racial nationalism during the Trump era have found the expanded edition of American Crucible (Princeton.

Transcript. Trevor Burrus: Welcome to Free Thoughts from and the Cato Institute. I’m Trevor Burrus. Joining me today is Gary Gerstle, the Paul Mellon Professor of American History at the University of Cambridge and the author of the new book, Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present.

“Liberty and Coercion is a much-needed, cogent, and deftly executed exploration of the American state. Gerstle’s lucid Liberty and coercion book widely informed argument provides insights never advanced before and will attract a wide readership.

This book is a home run.” –Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University. Liberty and Coercion is no Whiggish tale of triumph. Gerstle argues instead that American political development happened in fits and starts, and that compromise, evasion and accommodation make up their own venerable political tradition.

The New York Times Book Review - Beverly Gage "[A] brilliant work of American political history."Brand: Princeton University Press. John Stuart Mill (–), in his work, On Liberty, was the first to recognize the difference between liberty as the freedom to act and liberty as the absence of coercion.

In his book Two Concepts of Liberty, Isaiah Berlin formally framed the differences between two perspectives as the distinction between two opposite concepts of liberty: positive liberty and negative liberty.

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Liberty and Coercion The Paradox of American Government From the Founding to the Present (Book): Gerstle, Gary: How the conflict between federal and state power has shaped American history American governance is burdened by a paradox. On the one hand, Americans don't want big government meddling in their lives; on the other hand, they have.

Liberty and Coercion is not a strong “how-to” book. It is more: an enlightening, alarming analysis that shows how a government forced to “rely on a mix of strategies to get its work done” incrementally altered the landscape of US history like a blind but determined river.

Finally, there is always a problem in protesting some new infringement on human liberty because so many exist already. What point is there in protesting at this juncture; after all, we live with so much coercion and force already.

Thus, the matter is purely academic, or so these people seem to believe. For a Better Way. The book has since sold overcopies. The latest entry in the University of Chicago Press’s series of newly edited editions of Hayek’s works, The Constitution of Liberty is, like Serfdom, just as relevant to our present moment.

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The book is considered Hayek’s classic statement on the ideals of freedom and liberty, ideals that he 5/5(6). Read "Liberty and Coercion The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present" by Professor Gary Gerstle available from Rakuten Kobo.

How the conflict between federal and state power has shaped American history American governance is burdened by Brand: Princeton University Press. Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present Gary Gerstle Princeton, N.J, Princeton University Press,ISBN: ; Price: £ Gary Gerstle’s Liberty and Coercion is a tour de force account of American governance that manages to survey the chronological and geographical breadth of.

see, the coercion inherent in state governments that made too little provision for protecting the rights of minorities from the will of the majority. That jurists in a polity consecrated to liberty would sanction an intrusive theory of rule and call it “the police power” is indicative of the paradoxes of governance in America.

Such coercion would be a violation of people’s right to religious liberty. This looks like a clear change in Catholic doctrine. The Church once endorsed state coercion on behalf of religious truth, and now she denounces such coercion as immoral. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.

One can still profit from a close reading of this classic work. One especially noteworthy feature is the way in which Mill considers both state coercion and what he calls “the despotism of culture” enemies of liberty.

Law & Liberty’s focus is on the classical liberal tradition of law and political thought and how it shapes a society of free and responsible persons. This site brings together serious debate, commentary, essays, book reviews, interviews, and educational material in a commitment to the first principles of law in a free society.

Gary Gerstle’s Liberty and Coercion is a tour de force account of American governance that manages to survey the chronological and geographical breadth of US history with a judicious depth of precise detail and example. The great strength of this book rests on the clarity with which Gerstle unfolds the narrative of the evolution of the American state, in.

First published inThe Ethics of Liberty is a masterpiece of argumentation, and shockingly radical in its conclusions. Rothbard says that the very existence of the state — the entity with a monopoly privilege to invade private property — is contrary to the ethics of liberty.

A society without a state is not only viable; it is the only. Liberty and Coercion: The Paradox of American Government from the Founding to the Present, by Gary Gerstle In so wide-ranging a history, readers naturally may wish that the book had attended to a few topics more systematically.

First, the book downplays the practical politics that drove the design of federalism and the conflicts, outcomes Author: David Brian Robertson. Liberty and Coercion | How the conflict between federal and state power has shaped American historyAmerican governance is burdened by a paradox.

On the one hand, Americans don't want "big government" meddling in their lives; on the other hand, they have repeatedly enlisted governmental help to impose their views regarding marriage, abortion, religion, and schooling.

Abstract Liberty is a buffer that has the ability to mitigate power imbalances within a system of coercion and inequality, or more simply put tyranny. The. I thought that the nation’s constitution was drafted by men who wanted to be free from tyranny.

The truth is that the state can not thrive in liberty. The state, by its very nature, needs to wield the power of coercion over its citizenry. The German sociologist Franz Oppenheimer said it best in his book, The State.

Conservatives rebelled, making the battle over government’s proper dominion the defining issue of our the Revolution to the Tea Party, and the Bill of Rights to the national security state, Liberty and Coercion is a revelatory account of the making and unmaking of.

Liberty and Coercion is a pitch-perfect analysis of the contradictions built into America's federalist system. It's serious and disciplined yet piquant, provocative, and highly readableMark Joseph Stern, Slate-- "New York Times Book Review" Liberty and Coercion is a towering achievement, bristling with stimulating arguments and historical erudition/5(7).

“Liberty’s Exiles is a book which in scope and originality, global reach and research, intellectual curiosity and sheer provocative panache—upturning in its wake whole applecarts of unchallenged assumptions—can sustain comparison with Linda Colley or the young Simon Schama.

The truth is that Maya Jasanoff is not just a very good writer.

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Miller's book is a handy and concise collection of some of the most important essays in liberty in our time. The book spans about a hundred years - starting with T.H. Green and ending with Quentin Skinner - and it thus inevitably excludes a huge chunk of liberal writings from before that time.4/5.

"Liberty and Coercion is a much-needed, cogent, and deftly executed exploration of the American state. Gerstle's lucid and widely informed argument provides insights never advanced before and will attract a wide readership.

This book is a home run."--Daniel Carpenter, Harvard University show more4/5(48). Robert Louis Wilken’s latest book, Liberty in the Things of God: The Christian Origins of Religious Freedom, challenges this dominant narrative. Wilken argues that the concept of religious freedom originated with Christian thinkers in the first centuries of the church.

Augustine, for example, believed some forms of coercion were needed to.Indeed, Liberty and Coercion’s discussion of the American case suggests that such institutional tensions also have political consequences, shaping the way in which power is exerted, managed, and distributed outside constitutional structures.

This is a remarkable book that should enjoy a wide readership and inspire exciting new scholarship in.Liberty, Coercion, and the Making of Americans Many were indifferent to the United States, others hostile to a capitalist society that promised much but offered its workers inadequate welfare and safety.

An extraordi- narily large number displayed their alienation by refusing to naturalize or partici- pate in American politics.