Advanced Topics in Liberty

Liberty, Progressivism, and the Administrative State

Conference for Students – October 10-12, 2014

Discussion Leader: Professor Steve Horwitz, Economics, St. Lawrence University

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 28–38) and Chapter 3, “Freemen Need No Guardians” (pages 38–51).

Session II - Progressives and the Ends of Government

Pestritto, Ronald J., editor. 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., editor. 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).

Croly, Herbert. Progressive Democracy. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1998. Chapter XI, “Popular Sovereignty” (pages 220–244).

Session IV - Administration and Democracy

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

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

Croly, Herbert. Progressive Democracy. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1998. Chapter XVII, “The Administration as an Agent of Democracy” (pages 349–377).

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, editors. American Progressivism. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008. Chapter 18, Robert M. La Follette’s “Progressive Government Produces Business Prosperity” (pages 227–237) and Chapter 20, Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Right of the People to Rule” (pages 251–260).

Croly, Herbert. Progressive Democracy. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1998. Chapter XII, “The Advent of Direct Government” (pages 245–266).