Thomas Paine: Common Sense
The best seller that made Colonists feel like Americans, ready for self rule, freedom, and an end to British tyranny. Our edition includes six of his other important works, including Rights of Man and The Age of Reason. Only $7.95
Hamilton, Madison, Jay: The Federalist Papers
Carefully thought out arguments, published in Colonial newspapers, set the stage and outlined the principles for uniting the states under a Constitution. Bold ideas for freedom invented here -- that the world had never seen. $7.99
Patrick Henry and others: The Anti-Federalist Papers Colonial newspapers published the arguments against forming a union, the potential a federal government held for becoming tyrannical, and which lead to the inclusion of a constitutional Bill of Rights. $7.95
Adam Smith: Wealth of Nations Smith recognized that private property, free trade, self interest, limited government and division of labor were the basics of capitalism and cornerstones of personal freedom and economic security. $9.95
John Locke: The Second Treatise of Government
It was this man's original thoughts that established the foundations of freedom the Founders relied upon -- individual liberty, rule of law, consent of the governed and private ownership of property. $7.95
The U.S. Constitution and The Declaration of Independence
We include the beautifully produced National Center for Constitutional Studies edition of our founding documents, in a handy shirt-pocket-sized format, to round out The Founders Package. What better way to wrap up the fine books those great men read, than with the enduring documents they left us as their legacy. $2.00
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Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince (1513)
Originally denounced as a sinister guideline for tyranny, it remains famous 500 years later as the first scientific treatment of cold hard politics as it is actually practiced, and principles our Founders wrestled with in building a foundation for freedom. $12.00
Frederick Bastiat: The Law (1850)
Written after the effects of the American Revolution were known and appreciated, this short book, for more than a century, has remained the classic moral defense of personal liberty, limited government and human rights. It is a joy to read. "The classic blueprint for a just society." $6.95
Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America (1832) The stunning, profound, insightful analysis of what the Founders wrought -- from their call for a free press to embracing capitalism and free markets, to the institutions of our young government and the effect of majority rule on individual rights. Only $7.99
John Stuart Mill: On Liberty (1859) Perhaps the most eloquent defense of the value of individual liberty ever produced. Often quoted, never equalled, and sometimes attacked for his contempt for despotism, uniformity and forces aligned against freedom. Only $7.95
Henry M. Robert: Roberts Rules of Order (1876)
Based on the rules of Congress but designed for everyday use, the brilliantly functional guide to maintaining order and getting things done in a fair way, in large or small groups of people. The minority shall be heard, absentees shall be protected, and the majority shall rule. $4.99
AND -- the special bonus 11th item for you --
The Declaration of Independence,
the United States Constitution
and the Bill of Rights
Beautifully produced edition by the
National Center for Constitutional Studies, with the complete texts -- including the often-omitted preambles, and a thorough index.
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Today, modern best sellers have a shelf life of four months if they're lucky.
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The most insightful, fundamental thinking ever produced
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Common Sense -- Thomas Paine (1776) -- $7.95
Democracy in America -- Alexis de Tocqueville (1832) -- $7.99
On Liberty -- John Stuart Mill (1859) -- $7.95
Robert's Rules of Order -- Major Henry M. Robert (1876) -- $4.99
The Anti-Federalist Papers -- Patrick Henry and others (1788) -- $7.95
The Federalist Papers -- Hamilton, Madison, Jay (1788) -- $7.99
The Law -- Frederick Bastiat (1850) -- $6.95
The Prince -- Niccolo Machiavelli (1513) -- $12.00
The Second Treatise Of Government -- John Locke (1689) -- $7.95
The U.S. Constitution & Declaration -- National Center for Constitutional Studies Edition -- $2.00
The U.S. Constitution & Declaration -- Pkg of 12 -- $12.00
Wealth of Nations -- Adam Smith (1776) -- $9.95 Cover designs subject to change
Thomas Paine: Common Sense Common Sense came out of the blue -- there had never been anything like it. Historians remark how it stands out as a fundamental change in the way America developed.
At the time, this land was filled with people proud to be British subjects, who believed Britain had the greatest government in the world, and they revered and admired the king. Others felt distinctly Dutch, or French, or Spanish... in touch with their European roots.
Then along comes Paine who says you don't need England or your old ties, you don't need parliament or a monarch, all you need is America and freedom. People thought of themselves as Virginians or Georgians or whatever colony they were from. Paine addressed them as Americans, part of a greater whole, and the idea took hold with a vengeance.
It was the most wildly successful book of its time, and maybe, more than anything else, was responsible for the founding of the Union. It introduced a paradigm shift in how people in the fledgling nation thought of themselves. Though completely radical, it seemed perfectly natural, a mere matter of common sense. Paine's words were the birth mother of a new nation, and the very essence of this set of Founder's thoughts.
Common Sense has been in print continuously since its original publication, and the original manuscript still exists, housed in Philadelphia. Our modern edition, like all the books in this collection, is typeset in easy-to-read modern American English.
Adam Smith: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations (1776) Adam Smith changed the world. He singlehandedly laid the foundation for free-market economics -- the financial basis for the freedoms America introduced to the planet. Published in the year we declared our independence, his earth-shaking book described what many people instinctively knew but had never put into words, organized and published in one place.
Of his three main themes, his first took the world by storm -- self-interest drives human activity, it's OK to pursue your own self-interest, and markets work best when people -- consumers -- are free to make choices. Self-interest isn't greedy, cold or uncompassionate (as leftists often believe and many schools teach to this day) -- it is the road to prosperity and abundance. Everyone works hard to get ahead, because it's in their best interest to do so. Everything that interferes with this slows us down.
Smith coupled this with an understanding that freedom of trade was a cornerstone of economic growth. The less government interfered with trade, the more business would thrive (and then government would get its larger share). Finally, he described how division of labor is what fueled robust production, and built the wealth of nations. Along the way he pointed out that a nation's wealth is not fixed, and so doesn't have to be hoarded (in fact, it cannot be hoarded) -- it depends on the activity of its people.
In these days before television, Smith's 900-page book sold for the equivalent of four weeks pay, and was devoured as an instant best seller. We offer a slightly condensed paperback that is easier to read, brings out all the key insights in Smith's original words, and gives the reader a deep understanding of how and why capitalism and freedom thrive.
Hamilton, Madison, Jay: The Federalist Papers
Newspapers during revolutionary times carried detailed arguments in favor of forming the new nation, written under pen names by the greatest minds of the time. These original thoughts are gathered together chronologically in what is now known as The Federalist Papers, the original arguments for forming the Union.
The clearest expressions of the need for an armed public are contained in this book, along with most other major issues of the day. A central government was needed, they said, to handle the matters the individual colonies could not, like defense of the borders, the role of armed forces, matters of commerce between the states and more.
It is perhaps the most quoted book of this collection, when it comes to determining what the Founders really thought and meant when they drafted the U.S. Constitution. It is also controversial, because many people believe it deliberately laid the groundwork for an over-powerful, nearly tyrannical central federal government we see today. See the next book for more on that viewpoint.
Morton Borden’s collected documents: The Anti-Federalist Papers
Patrick Henry is as well known a name as any from the revolutionary period, but how many realize he was the strongest advocate for not creating a strong central government? He foresaw the endless opportunity for a federal government to continually gain power until the states and the people were subjects of the monster. One of his strokes of brilliance was to argue fervently for a Bill of Rights, to help put brakes on a dangerous accumulation of power in the nation's capital.
Along with others, he succeeded in convincing the Colonists that a central government, without explicit limits on its power, was a goal not worth pursuing.
John Locke: The Second Treatise of Government John Locke was a prolific writer but this has to be his most essential work. Ideas we take for granted today were born here and relied upon by the Founders to create the system of government we know today. It was Locke who proposed and described the underpinnings of individual liberty, the rule of law, government by the consent of the people, and the right to private property.
In a time of monarchies, with rulers and subjects as the de facto norm, these were radical ideas, but they sure made sense and they had broad appeal. Locke challenged the existing order and perhaps single-handedly made the American system and the Colonial revolution possible, by providing its philosophical framework.
The Founders Package is rounded out with writings that grew out of the upheaval in America. While the first half of the set lays the groundwork for what we Americans accomplished, the second half of the set explores the results of those amazing times. Bastiat, DeToqueville and Mill eloquently summed up what had happened here. They put into words what the Founders had put into action. For good measure, I threw in Machiavelli who preceded it all by more than two centuries -- talk about being ahead of your time! -- and Roberts, who 100 years later made it easy to replicate the system that made America grow, with his timeless classic, Robert's Rules of Order -- a book I use to this day when I run meetings.
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