Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government by Charles Fried WW Norton * 2007 * 217 pages * $24.95
Reviewed by Richard M. Ebeling
In calling his book Modern Liberty and the Limits of Government, Charles Fried, professor of law at Hrvard University and former solicitor general of the United States in the second Reagan administration, was inspired by the early nineteenth-century French classical liberal Benjamin Constant. In 1819 Constant delivered a lecture in Paris called "The Liberty of the Ancients Compared to the Moderns."
Among the ancient Greeks, Constant explained, freedom meant the ability of the free citizens of the citystate to debate and vote on the …