Advanced Topics in Liberty

Liberty, Progressivism, and the Administrative State

Conference for Students - April 13-15, 2012

Discussion Leader: Steven Horwitz

Session I - Progressives on Liberty and Rights

Eisenach, Eldon J. The Lost Promise of Progressivism. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1994. Selections from Chapter 1, “Progressivism as National Regime” (pages 18–47).

Wilson, Woodrow. The New Freedom, A Call for Emancipation of the Generous Energies of A People. New York: Bibliobazaar, 2007. Chapter 2, “What is Progress?” (pages 26–35) and Chapter 3, “Freemen Need No Guardians” (pages 36–46).

Session II - Progressives and the Ends of Government.

Pestritto, Ronald J., eds. Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005. “Socialism and Democracy” (pages 77–79).

Goodnow, Frank J. The American Conception of Liberty and Government. Providence: Standard Printing Company (Brown University Colver Lectures), 1916. “The American Conception of Liberty and Government” (pages 9–31).

Dewey, John. Liberalism and Social Action. Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2000. Chapter 1, “The History of Liberalism” (pages 13–36).

Session III - Progressives on the Constitution and Separation of Powers

Pestritto, Ronald J., eds. Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005. “The New Freedom: Chapters 1 and 2” (pages 107–123), selections from “Cabinet Government in the United States” (pages 127–131) and selections from “Constitutional Government in the United States: Chapter 3” (pages 175–190).

Session IV - Woodrow Wilson on Administration

Wilson, Woodrow. The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, Volume 2: 1881–1884. Edited by Arthur S. Link. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967. “What Can be Done for Constitutional Liberty” (pages 33–40).

Pestritto, Ronald J., eds. Woodrow Wilson: The Essential Political Writings. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005. “The Study of Administration” (pages 231–248).

Pestritto, Ronald J. and William J. Atto, eds. American Progressivism. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008. Chapter 17, Theodore Roosevelt’s “The New Nationalism” (pages 211–223).

Session V - The Trusts and the Merger Movement

Kolko, Gabriel. The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916. New York: The Free Press, 1963, 1977. Chapter 1, “Monopolies and Mergers: Predictions and Promises” (pages 11–25).

Sumner, William Graham. On Liberty, Society, and Politics. Edited by Robert C. Bannister. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 1992. “The Concentration of Wealth: Its Economic Justification” (pages 149–155).

Session VI - Progressivism and Political Participation

Pestritto, Ronald J. and William J. Atto, eds. American Progressivism. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008. Chapter 18, Robert M. La Follette’s “Progressive Government Produces Business Prosperity” (pages 227–237), Chapter 19, Herbert Croly’s “Progressive Democracy” (pages 239–250), and Chapter 20, Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Right of the People to Rule” (pages 251–260)