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The synopses contained in this section are the core of FirstPrinciples.US.
The site is organized to allow one to proceed from basic tenets of governance to
an in-depth investigation of the complexities of modern democracy, and to look at the relationship between the individual and
society; the mutual rights and obligations of each.
Books in Section I Part 1 offer an investigation into the foundations of constitutional representative government. Those in Part 2 discuss free governance in a real-world setting.
Books in Section II Part 1 are current in the broad sense and discuss history and political philosophy as they progressed, primarily in America, since the turn of the twentieth century. Books in Part 2 address the basics of economics in a free society.
Books in Section III are slightly more sophisticated and nuanced. They explore and explain governance and the need to consider, in some detail, the effects of the human psyche on the body politic.
Books in Section IV relate to what is to come. These volumes investigate matters that will directly affect the future of self-governance.
The Declaration of Independence and the
Constitution of the United States are offered directly in the reading
materials, not in an appendix. To be both fully appreciated and placed
in context these two documents should be read where they appear, not as related reference
works or just an afterthought.
Familiarity with each text will offer a benefit going in both directions; viz., the synopsized books will be a little more comprehensible
and the Declaration and Constitution will be a little more meaningful for
having read all of them together.