Recommended political ideology reading

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I made a similar thread a while back, but that was purely about capitalism vs socialism.

Can anyone give me a list of "recommended reading" for political philosophy? E.g. conservatism, liberalism, socialism, nationalism, etc. etc.. I'm looking for a sort of ground-up reading experience, not just "socialism for dummies" type stuff. E.g. maybe I could read Burke for conservatism, or The Communist Manifesto for socialism. In other words, preferably starting from the key thinkers and then getting into interpretations and more modern implementations etc.

I don't know where I stand ideologically so any recommendations are welcome.

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I'm guessing Mein Kampf shows off Nazism pretty well.
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Look at Engels' work too for communism.
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So you want offbeat books, yeah? Fidel Castro has a good few books he's authored & apart from that there's Reagan...if you want to read about political ideologies sketched out from a presidential perspective! Other than that there's always Tolstoy & his communism! Have a look through everyone's fave Amazon UK!

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(Original post by Snagprophet)
I'm guessing Mein Kampf shows off Nazism pretty well.
I read it last year and my history teacher and I both agree it to be really badly written. But yeah, I guess it would show off Nazism quite well.
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But you could go on university websites and look at the reading list? That's what I'm doing for philosophy.
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The Conservative Mind

Also, they are fairly economics based, but very interesting: Capitalism and Freedom, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, The Road to Serfdom and The Great Transformation.

Also, Nigel Farage: Tales of Godfrey Bloom and Other Assorted Stories
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Look at Engels' work too for communism.
Will do, thanks

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So you want offbeat books, yeah? Fidel Castro has a good few books he's authored & apart from that there's Reagan...if you want to read about political ideologies sketched out from a presidential perspective! Other than that there's always Tolstoy & his communism! Have a look through everyone's fave Amazon UK!

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Well I was more looking to starting off with some key thinkers, i.e. the basic origins of the philosophies. But those suggestions will be good for after looking into those, thanks

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But you could go on university websites and look at the reading list? That's what I'm doing for philosophy.
I'll definitely do that. I can't seem to find many from the couple I've just looked at. (Oxford suggested two books, but they're more textbook overviews—one is "An introduction to political philosophy"). I'll keep looking at different universities.

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The Conservative Mind

Also, they are fairly economics based, but very interesting: Capitalism and Freedom, Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, The Road to Serfdom and The Great Transformation.

Also, Nigel Farage: Tales of Godfrey Bloom and Other Assorted Stories
I've already got Capitalism and Freedom and The Road to Serfdom on my to-read list. Are they "fundamental", so to speak, for the ideologies? And I'll have a look at the other ones you recommended too.

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Well, yeah, though Capitalism and Freedom, for example, is largely about economics, it is written entirely as an attack on socialism/communism. I found it very interesting because it basically discussed whether it is fair that government makes decisions for us or not, which, when you really boil it down, is the argument between capitalists and socialists. So I think it would be right up your street. I haven't yet read the Great Transformation, but if I remember correctly, it offers the alternative arguments to Friedman's.

Friedman's book often sounds like he is banging on about freedom for the sake of freedom, but you have to remember it was written at a time when there was a genuine concern that communism would take over.
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Sure :yy: !
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