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The History of Political Theory

Review of The History of Political Theory by Garrett Ward Sheldon

GenZconservative, 14 March 2021

Introduction

As I’ve said before, political philosophy is something I find interesting but struggle with reading and truly comprehending it. I love reading books like The PrinceLeviathan, and The Federalist Papers, but wonder how much I’m able to glean from the complex ideas in those books. However, my eyes were opened to the value of well-written, concise discussions of political philosophy when I read Professor Sheldon’s The Political Philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and, shortly afterward, The Political Philosophy of James Madison. Because I enjoyed those books so much, I chose to read his The History of Political Theory: Ancient Greece to Modern America.

As you should be able to guess from the title, The History of Political Theory covers how political theory has developed over the years. Beginning with Socrates and ending with Benjamin Barber, it covers some of the most influential political thinkers, generally from the West, and what their ideas were.

If you don’t have time to read the full review, just know this: The History of Political Theory is a book you need to read. To develop a better political system, we must understand the political ideas of the past, as those ideas are the concepts from which our system extends. We must understand them so that we can tweak and refine them in our quest to create the “more perfect Union” referred to in the Constitution. Read it. You won’t regret doing so.

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America’s Maoist revolution

In this article, Professor Garrett Ward Sheldon makes some chilling comparisons of America’s present upheaval with China’s Cultural Revolution. Indeed, China is exporting its cultural revolution to America.

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MAO’S CULTURAL REVOLUTION: AMERICA’S BIGGEST IMPORT FROM CHINA

Professor Garrett Ward Sheldon, Gen Z Conservative, 11 January 2021

The American Left’s Cultural Revolution

To understand the now pervasive influence of China on the United States, it is useful to see its predecessor: Mao’s Chinese Cultural Revolution.

About twenty years after the Communist Revolution of 1949, Chairman Mao realized that the mere totalitarian State control of the economy, schools, and media in China had not transformed the society and created “The New World.” Old customs and manners, shrines, beliefs, and even dress and art, held back the total radical change he envisioned.

So, in the late 1960s, under Mao’s leadership, the lower orders of peasants and workers, the terrorist military rampages of The Red Guard, and massive propagandists set about to completely alter China. Besides killing an estimated 30 million of its own citizens, this movement destroyed the education system, leveled many cities, tore down ancient shrines and statues, and tortured, imprisoned, and executed anyone associated with old Chinese institutions and practices.

At one point, anyone who wore eyeglasses was arrested, for they showed they could read and were therefore tied to the past.

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