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CONTENTS of The Politics Book – Big Ideas Simply Explained


  • If your desire is for good, the people will be good • Confucius
  • The art of war is of vital importance to the state • Sun Tzu
  • Plans for the country are only to be shared with the learned • Mozi
  • Until philosophers are kings, cities will never have rest from their evils • Plato
  • Man is by nature a political animal • Aristotle
  • A single wheel does not move • Chanakya
  • If evil ministers enjoy safety and profit, this is the beginning of downfall- Han Fei Tzu
  • The government is bandied about like a ball • Cicero


  • If justice be taken away, what are governments but great bands of robbers? • Augustine of Hippo
  • Fighting has been enjoined upon you while it is hateful to you • Muhammad
  • The people refuse the rule of virtuous men • Al-Farabi
  • No free man shall be imprisoned, except by the law of the land • Barons of King John
  • For war to be just, there is required a just cause • Thomas Aquinas
  • To live politically means living in accordance with good laws • Giles of Rome
  • The Church should devote itself to imitating Christ and give up its secular power • Marsilius of Padua
  • Government prevents injustice, other than such as it commits itself • Ibn Khaldun
  • A prudent ruler cannot, and must not, honour his word • Niccolò Machiavelli


  • In the beginning, everything was common to all • Francisco de Vitoria
  • Sovereignty is the absolute and perpetual power of a commonwealth • Jean Bodin
  • The natural law is the foundation of human law • Francisco Suárez
  • Politics is the art of associating men • Johannes Althusius
  • Liberty is the power that we have over ourselves • Hugo Grotius
  • The condition of man is a condition of war • Thomas Hobbes
  • The end of law is to preserve and enlarge freedom • John Locke
  • When legislative and executive powers are united in the same body,
  • there can be no liberty • Montesquieu
  • Independent entrepreneurs make good citizens • Benjamin Franklin


  • To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • No generally valid principle of legislation can be based on happiness • Immanuel Kant
  • The passions of individuals should be subjected • Edmund Burke
  • Rights dependent on property are the most precarious • Thomas Paine
  • All men are created equal • Thomas Jefferson
  • Each nationality contains its centre of happiness within itself • Johann Gottfried Herder
  • Government has but a choice of evils • Jeremy Bentham
  • The people have a right to keep and bear arms • James Madison
  • The most respectable women are the most oppressed • Mary Wollstonecraft
  • The slave feels self-existence to be something external • Georg Hegel
  • War is the continuation of Politik by other means • Carl von Clausewitz
  • Abolition and the Union cannot co-exist • John C. Calhoun
  • A state too extensive in itself ultimately falls into decay • Simón Bolívar
  • An educated and wise government recognizes the developmental needs of its society • José María Luis Mora
  • The tendency to attack “the family” is a symptom of social chaos • Auguste Comte


  • Socialism is a new system of serfdom • Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Say not I, but we • Giuseppe Mazzini
  • That so few dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time • John Stuart Mill
  • No man is good enough to govern another man, without that other’s consent • Abraham Lincoln
  • Property is theft • Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
  • The privileged man is a man depraved in intellect and heart • Mikhail Bakunin
  • That government is best which governs not at all • Henry David Thoreau
  • Communism is the riddle of history solved • Karl Marx
  • The men who proclaimed the republic became the assassins of freedom • Alexander Herzen
  • We must look for a central axis for our nation • Ito Hirobumi
  • The will to power • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It is the myth that is alone important • Georges Sorel
  • We have to take working men as they are • Eduard Bernstein
  • The disdain of our formidable neighbour is the greatest danger for Latin
  • America • José Martí
  • It is necessary to dare in order to succeed • Peter Kropotkin
  • Either women are to be killed, or women are to have the vote • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • It is ridiculous to deny the existence of a Jewish nation • Theodor Herzl
  • Nothing will avail to save a nation whose workers have decayed • Beatrice Webb
  • Protective legislation in America is shamefully inadequate • Jane Addams
  • Land to the tillers! • Sun Yat-Sen
  • The individual is a single cog in an ever-moving mechanism • Max Weber


  • Non-violence is the first article of my faith • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Politics begin where the masses are • Vladimir Lenin
  • The mass strike results from social conditions with historical
  • inevitability • Rosa Luxemburg
  • An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last • Winston Churchill
  • The Fascist conception of the state is all-embracing • Giovanni Gentile
  • The wealthy farmers must be deprived of the sources of their existence • Joseph Stalin
  • If the end justifies the means, what justifies the end? • Leon Trotsky
  • We will unite Mexicans by giving guarantees to the peasant and the businessman • Emiliano Zapata
  • War is a racket • Smedley D. Butler
  • Sovereignty is not given, it is taken • Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
  • Europe has been left without a moral code • José Ortega y Gasset
  • We are 400 million people asking for liberty • Marcus Garvey
  • India cannot really be free unless separated from the British empire • Manabendra Nath Roy
  • Sovereign is he who decides on the exception • Carl Schmitt
  • Communism is as bad as imperialism • Jomo Kenyatta
  • The state must be conceived of as an “educator” • Antonio Gramsci
  • Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun • Mao Zedong


  • The chief evil is unlimited government • Friedrich Hayek
  • Parliamentary government and rationalist politics do not belong to the same system • Michael Oakeshott
  • The objective of the Islamic jihad is to eliminate the rule of an un-Islamic system • Abul Ala Maududi
  • There is nothing to take a man’s freedom away from him, save other men • Ayn Rand
  • Every known and established fact can be denied • Hannah Arendt
  • What is a woman? • Simone de Beauvoir
  • No natural object is solely a resource • Arne Naess
  • We are not anti-white, we are against white supremacy • Nelson Mandela
  • Only the weak-minded believe that politics is a place of collaboration • Gianfranco Miglio
  • During the initial stage of the struggle, the oppressed tend to become oppressors • Paulo Freire
  • Justice is the first virtue of social institutions • John Rawls
  • Colonialism is violence in its natural state • Frantz Fanon
  • The ballot or the bullet • Malcolm X
  • We need to “cut off the king’s head” • Michel Foucault
  • Liberators do not exist. The people liberate themselves • Che Guevara
  • Everybody has to make sure that the rich folk are happy • Noam Chomsky
  • Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance • Martin Luther King
  • Perestroika unites socialism with democracy • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • The intellectuals erroneously fought Islam • Ali Shariati
  • The hellishness of war drives us to break with every restraint • Michael Walzer
  • No state more extensive than the minimal state can be justified • Robert Nozick
  • No Islamic law says violate women’s rights • Shirin Ebadi
  • Suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation • Robert Pape

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