Monday, December 19, 2005

Volney, Evans, Tucker, et. al.

Volney, et. al.


C-F Volney

C-F Volney, author of The Ruins, or, Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires: and the Law of Nature, among other writings, now has a second website (first one is here), courtesy of Thomas C. Williams, a political analyst at the United States Embassy in Paris, which has an interesting print version of a talk that he gave on October 10, 2005, The Ruins of Empires: A Volney - Jefferson Conspiracy, which argues that Jefferson was the translator of the first part of The Ruins... (Joel Barlow is the recognized translator of the second part). As Volney was one of the ideologues (along with Cabanis and de Tracy) and an early progenitor of classical liberalism, as well as a great writer, he is always worth considering. I've always had a great admiration for him and am pleased to see this website up and running. I do hope that the Mr. Williams will add more to the site.
On another note, I was surprised (and pleased) to see a copy of an early essay of mine, George Henry Evans & The Origins Of American Individualist-Anarchism online, as well as the entire book that it was included in, Benjamin R Tucker & the Champions of Liberty: A CENTENARY ANTHOLOGY edited by Michael E. Coughlin, Charles H. Hamilton and Mark A. Sullivan (St. Paul and New York: Michael E. Coughlin and Mark Sullivan, Publishers, 1986). There are a number of excellent essays in this collection and I would recommend this to all who are interested in the history of individualism.
Were I to write the essay today, however, based on research that has been done since, there are a number of things that I would have changed and added.
Just a thought.
Just Ken
CLASSical Liberalism

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