The Politics Book

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2013 - Political Science - 352 pages
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The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than one hundred groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought.

From ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today-Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more-this guide elucidates significant contributions to political thinking and policy.

With easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and accessible text, The Politics Book is an essential reference for students and anyone wondering how politics works.

 

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Contents

10 INTRODUCTION
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20 If your desire is for good the people will be good
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28 The art of war is of vital importance to the state
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32 Plans for the country are only to be shared with the learned
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34 Until philosophers are kings cities will never have rest from their evils
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40 Man is by nature a political animal
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44 A single wheel does not move
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48 If evil ministers enjoy safety and profit this is the beginning of downfall
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202 We have to take working men as they are
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204 The disdain of our formidable neighbor is the greatest danger for Latin America
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206 It is necessary to dare in order to succeed
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207 Either women are to be killed or women are to have the vote
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208 It is ridiculous to deny the existence of a Jewish nation
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210 Nothing will avail to save a nation whose workers have decayed
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211 Protective legislation in America is shamefully inadequate
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212 Land to the tillers
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49 The government is bandied about like a ball
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54 If justice be taken away what are governments but great bands of robbers?
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56 Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you Muhammad
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58 The people refuse the rule of virtuous men AlFarabi
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60 No free man shall be imprisoned except by the law of the land
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62 For war to be just there is required a just cause
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70 To live politically means living in accordance with good laws Giles of Rome
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71 The Church should devote itself to imitating Christ and give up its secular power
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72 Government prevents injustice other than such as it commits itself
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74 A prudent ruler cannot and must not honor his word
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86 In the beginning everything was common to all
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88 Sovereignty is the absolute and perpetual power of a commonwealth
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90 The natural law is the foundation of human law
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92 Politics is the art of associating men
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94 Liberty is the power that we have over ourselves Hugo Grotius
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96 The condition of man is a condition of war
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104 The end of law is to preserve and enlarge freedom John Locke
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110 When legislative and executive powers are united in the same body there can be no liberty
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112 Independent entrepreneurs make good citizens
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118 To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man
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126 No generally valid principle of legislation can be based on happiness
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130 The passions of individuals should be subjected
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134 Rights dependent on property are the most precarious Thomas Paine
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140 All men are created equal
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142 Each nationality contains its center of happiness within itself
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144 Government has but a choice of evils
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150 The people have a right to keep and bear arms
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154 The most respectable women are the most oppressed
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156 The slave feels selfexistence to be something external
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160 War is the continuation of Politik by other means
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161 Abolition and the Union cannot coexist
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162 A state too extensive in itself ultimately falls into decay
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164 An educated and wise government recognizes the developmental needs of its society
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165 The tendency to attack the family is a symptom of social chaos
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170 Socialism is a new system of serfdom
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172 Say not I but we
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174 That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time
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182 No man is good enough to govern another man without that others consent
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183 Property is theft
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184 The privileged man is a man depraved in intellect and heart
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186 That government is best which governs not at all Henry David Thoreau
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188 Communism is the riddle of history solved
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194 The men who proclaimed the republic became the assassins of freedom
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195 We must look for a central axis for our nation
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196 The will to power
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200 It is the myth that is alone important
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214 The individual is a single cog in an evermoving mechanism
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220 Nonviolence is the first article of my faith
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226 Politics begin where the masses are Vladimir Lenin
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234 The mass strike results from social conditions with historical inevitability
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236 An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last
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238 The Fascist conception of the state is allembracing
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240 The wealthy farmers must be deprived of the sources of their existence
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242 If the end justifies the means what justifies the end? Leon Trotsky
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246 We will unite Mexicans by giving guarantees to the peasant and the businessman
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247 War is a racket
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248 Sovereignty is not given it is taken
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250 Europe has been left without a moral code
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252 We are 400 million people asking for liberty
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253 India cannot really be free unless separated from the British empire
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254 Sovereign is he who decides on the exception
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258 Communism is as bad as imperialism
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259 The state must be conceived of as an educator
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260 Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun
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270 The chief evil is unlimited government
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276 Parliamentary government and rationalist politics do not belong to the same system Michael Oakeshott
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278 The objective of the Islamic jihad is to eliminate the rule of an unIslamic system
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280 There is nothing to take a mans freedom away from him save other men
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282 Every known and established fact can be denied
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284 What is a woman?
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290 No natural object is solely a resource
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294 We are not antiwhite we are against white supremacy
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296 Only the weakminded believe that politics is a place of collaboration
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297 During the initial stage of the struggle the oppressed tend to become oppressors
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298 Justice is the first virtue of social institutions
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304 Colonialism is violence in its natural state
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308 The ballot or the bullet
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310 We need to cut off the kings head
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312 Liberators do not exist The people liberate themselves
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314 Everybody has to make sure that the rich folks are happy
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316 Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance
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322 Perestroika unites socialism with democracy
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323 The intellectuals erroneously fought Islam
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324 The hellishness of war drives us to break with every restraint
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326 No state more extensive than the minimal state can be justified
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328 No Islamic law says violate womens rights
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329 Suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation
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330 DIRECTORY
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340 GLOSSARY
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344 INDEX
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351 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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