There are some works that we should all read - many of them, if not most of them, inform our political decision-making, ethically, practically, or both.  These are some of the ones I think should be part of any such corpus.  Cheers.

Aristotle's Politics (350BCE)

Marcus Aurelius' Mediations (167)

Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

Smedley Butler's War is a Racket (1935)

Carl von Clauswitz's On War (1827)

Charles Darwin's Origin of Species (1859)

Han Feizi Works (233BCE)

Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan (1651)

Immanuel Kant's On Perpetual Peace (1795)

Kung Fuzi's The Analects (500BCE)

Laozi's Tao Te Ching (600BCE)

Vladimir Illynich Lenin Imperialism (1916)

John Locke's Second Treatise (1690)

Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince (1532)

James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay's The Federalist Papers (1787-1788)

Thomas Malthus' The Principle of Population (1798)

John Stuart Mill's On Liberty (1859)

Mozi's Works (391BCE)

Musashi Miyamoto The Book of Five Rings (1645)

Plato's Republic (380BCE)

John Rawls A Theory of Justice (1971)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract (1762)

Sunzi's The Art of War (500BCE)

Henry David Thoreau's On Civil Disobedience (1849)

Mark Twain's The War Prayer (1916)

Max Weber's Protestant Ethic (1905)


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