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Currently readingThe Mind and Society (Trattato di Sociologia generale), Vol. 1: Non-Logical Conduct by Vilfredo Pareto
Critique of Interventionism by Ludwig von Mises
Political Economy (Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged): American Science Series, Advanced Course by Francis A. Walker
The Outcome of Individualism: Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged by Joseph Hiram Levy

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Check out Volney's Law of Nature too. It's found at the back of most Ruins editions. The first three chapters are key. It's here that Volney shows there's a physical (not metaphysical) source of morality. He identifies a universal moral standard that we, as a species, should be able to agree upon regardless of our religion-based differences. Just like every human can use their own senses (the eyes) to look up in the sky and confirm the proposition "the sun is round" so too can every human agree that "the desire to survive" is written into our bodies. Recognizing this simple proposition is the key to understanding the importance of Volney's work--in effect Volney showed, more than 2 centuries ago, that the human race would one day wake up and recognize that to find true peace the world must first agree upon a universal moral standard--that's exactly what he does in Law of Nature...
Hello again Wirkman,

I have to say, yours is truely the greatest modern day post about Volney I have ever read, bar none! Unlike so many others, who only use Volney to further their extrme left or right political views, you have seen beyond the simplistic left-right political debate. You have brought Volney's work from 200+ years ago into the modern arena. You have tied it all together. You get the basic point of a book once read by the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln but now fallen into disfavor, for whatever reason. I don't know what else to say--just thank you!

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Yes Timo,

Volney was the most famous of the Ideologues although it was Tracy who invented the word. Volney "discovered" a young and then unknown Napopleon Bonaparte during a 1793 trip through Corsica. They remained friends throughout the revolutionary period, with Bonaparte often asking Volney for advice regarding his career. Volney later convinced the other Ideologues to support Bonaparte's coup. As a reward the Premier Consul offered Volney the Third Consulship as well as the Interior Ministry. Volney declined both posts but accepted the offer to become a Senator. Bonaparte and the Ideologues subsequently disagreed over the Concordat with the Pope which effectively ended the separation of church and state established by the 1791 constitution. But their real split came with the proclamation of the Empire; in the event, Volney was one of only three Senators to vote against it--and it was their opposition to his budding tyranny that caused Bonaparte to use the word "Ideologue" as a pejorative...
I agree it's a shame Hodgskin's Popular Political Economy is so, um... unpopular. It's one of the best early statements of the nature of privilege, its macroeconomic effects on purchasing power, and its effects on the bargaining power of labor, that I've ever seen. Everything that's useful in J.A. Hobson and J.M. Keynes is there in germ form. Re your interest in *Natural and Artificial Rights of Property*, almost everything of value in it is distilled in Popular Political Economy, and better integrated into the other aspects of his thought.
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a serious collection. from ardrey to meredith. heigh-ho.
Awwwwww, you joined on my 60th birthday! Have come across you cause I've just bought Robinson's 'Cavender's House', a splendidly dour and spooky late poem. Like your compositional taste--why don't more people dig Hovhaness? Do you record your own stuff at all?
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