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Book authored by Herbert Spencer in which he argued that liberalism was transforming itself into a despotic movement, published in 1884
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  • The Man Versus the State

    The Man Versus the State is a work of political theory by Herbert Spencer. It was first published in book form in 1884 by Williams and Norgate, London, from articles published earlier that year in The Contemporary Review. The book consists of four main chapters: "The New Toryism", "The Coming Slavery", "The Sins of Legislators" and "The Great Political Superstition". In this book, English libertarian sociologist Herbert Spencer sees a statist corruption appearing within the liberal ideological framework, and warns of what he calls "the coming slavery". He argues that liberalism, which liberated the world from slavery and feudalism, was undergoing a transformation. Its new love for the state would put liberalism behind a movement to create a new despotism that would be worse than the old.


    The Man Versus the State: With Six Essays on Government, Society, and Freedom
        by Liberty Fund, The Man Versus the State, Jun 1982
    The Man Versus The State, by Herbert Spencer, 1884
    Contents: The New Toryism - The Coming Slavery - The Sins of Legislators - The Great Political Superstition; electronic version of the 1992 Liberty Fund edition available at the Library of Economics and Liberty
    Related Topic: The State

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