Dr. Paul Rahe appears on National Review Online's "Uncommon Knowledge"

Dr. Rahe recently joined Hoover Institution Fellow and host of National Review Online's Uncommon Knowledge" video series Peter Robinson to defends his position that President Obama’s health-care proposals “presuppose the administrative state’s assuming a power over our lives that is nothing less than tyrannical." Watch the entire series here..

Recently Released: Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty!

Montesquieu and the Logic of Liberty. A companion volume to the recently released Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift, Dr. Paul A. Rahe's forthcoming book Montesquieu & The Logic of Liberty examines the reasons for Montesquieu’s early fame, arguing that his reputation is deserved and worthy of close attention today. Read more...

Soft Despotism, Democracy's Drift - In the last century, in Europe and in the United States, soft despotism—the gentle tyranny of the majority—has been democracy’s drift. But what has been, Paul Rahe argues, and what will be need not be the same. If we come to a proper understanding of the causes of the present discontents, we can set a new course for the democracies today. To achieve such an understanding, Rahe argues in Soft Despotism, Democracy’s Drift: Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, and the Modern Prospect, we must re-examine the character of modern, commercial republicanism.


Against Throne and Altar now available in paperback!

Cambridge University Press is pleased to announce the paperback release of Dr. Rahe's work Against Throne and Altar: Machiavelli and Political Theory Under the English Republic. Modern republicanism—-distinguished from its classical counterpart by its commercial character and its jealous distrust of those in power, by its use of representative institutions, and by its employment of a separation of powers and a system of checks and balances-—owes an immense debt to the republican experiment conducted in England between 1649, when Charles I was executed, and 1660, when Charles II was crowned. Read more...


Dr. Paul A. Rahe is a noted historian of political philosophy, Professor of History and Political Science at Hillsdale College and author of the renowned study Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution.