Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good


Epstein (law, U. of Chicago) defends the principles of limited government and argues that it can work to the advantage of almost all of society. He warns, however, that a careful dilution of pure laissez-faire policies is necessary to balance a powerful economic engine with individual liberty. He analyzes the interaction of law and social norms, and highlights a handful of restraints that he says provide a moral foundation to a resilient and adaptive capitalist system.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Reading, MA
Publication year:
  • 1998