by Bertrand Russell
In this volume Bertrand Russell outlines the basic tenets of his political code.
Political Ideals is a rigorous and important survey of capitalism, socialism and the organisation of society.
Political Ideals was written during the upheaval of World War One, but still significant to every reader interested in the nature of man’s responsibilities and privileges as a social being. It is in many ways, a statement, of Bertrand Russell’s beliefs, a declaration of the ideas that have influenced his thinking on the major events of the twentieth century.
In this sense, it is essential reading for every student of this great philosopher. For it defines his principle that the only true aim of politics is to give free play to man’s natural creativity, and to deaden, whenever they manifest themselves, the forces of acquisition, power and convention that jeopardise individual responsibility and freedom.