Modern Liberty by Charles Fried
And the Limits of Government (Issues of Our Time)

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“An erudite, sharp-tongued libertarian, eager to do battle with censors, regulators ... and sanctimonious busybodies of every stripe.”—New York Times

In this impassioned defense of liberty, renowned Harvard law professor Charles Fried argues that the seemingly unimpeachable goals of equality and community are often the most potent rivals of freedom. Declared a “spirited, sophisticated manifesto” by the New York Times Book Review, Modern Liberty demonstrates how the dense tangle of government regulations both supports and threatens our personal liberties. Armed with Fried’s insights, readers will be better able to defend themselves against those on both the left and the right who would, even with the best intentions, restrict their liberty.

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Charles Fried, the Beneficial Professor Law at the Harvard Law School, has taught and written about legal philosophy and constitutional law for over forty years. He served as solicitor general of the United States in the Reagan administration and as a judge on the highest court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His books include Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government, Right and Wrong, and (with his son, Gregory Fried) Because It Is Wrong. Gregory Fried, is chair of the Philosophy Department at Suffolk University. His books include Heidegger’s Polemos.
Published February 7, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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A particularly arresting chapter discusses sex, an anarchic force that governments perennially try to regulate while people see such regulation as “an offense to liberty even greater than governments’ attempts to control what they think, say, and hear.” Fried fulfills his pledge to make this “a b...

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Much as we might talk about other public goals — virtue, equality, national glory — they all amount in the end to mere metaphors, especially as compared with the “rock-bottom, indigestible fact” of our “lonely individuality.” To capture this idea of personal liberty, and to give it some normative...

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