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The Forgotten Man and Other Essays

by William Graham Sumner

In this, Sumner presents a essays on a variety of topics, including economics, politics, and social issues. Each essay is characterized by Sumner's clear and lucid writing style, as well as his commitment to the principles of individualism, free-market capitalism, and limited government. One of the most famous essays in the book is "The Forgotten Man," which gives voice to the individual who bears the burdens of the collective actions of society. Sumner argues that the "forgotten man" is the individual who is forced to bear the cost of government policies and programs that benefit some at the expense of others. He argues that the forgotten man is the one who suffers the unintended consequences of well-intentioned but ultimately misguided attempts to address social problems. In addition to "The Forgotten Man," the book also includes essays on topics such as the nature of democracy, the role of the state in economic affairs, and the importance of individual responsibility. Throughout the book, Sumner argues for the importance of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government, and provides a powerful defense of the classical liberal tradition. "The Forgotten Man and Other Essays" continues to be widely read and studied today, and is considered a classic of American political philosophy. Its relevance to contemporary debates about the role of government in society, the nature of individual rights and responsibilities, and the importance of free markets and economic freedom, make it a must-read for anyone interested in political philosophy and the history of ideas.

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William Graham Sumner was an American social scientist, historian, and educator who lived from 1840 to 1910. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and grew up in a family of modest means. He received h...

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