Once relatively confined to parts of Europe and North America, commercial societies are now found in many other cultures and continents. Yet despite the international spread and growth of commercial order, the moral, economic, and legal foundations of commercial society remain poorly understood, especially in those countries where it first took root. Guided by the thoughts of Alexis de Tocqueville, Samuel Gregg's The Commercial Society identifies and explores the key foundational elements that must exist within a society for commercial order to take root and flourish. Gregg studies the challenges that have consistently impeded and occasionally undermined commercial order, including the persistence of 'corporatist' values and political movements seeking to equalize social conditions. This book offers a historically-grounded analysis for modern audiences interested in philosophy or the history of economics.
About the Author
Samuel Gregg is director of research at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Toward Commercial Order Part 2 Part 1: Foundations Chapter 3 Neither Angel nor Beast Chapter 4 The System of Natural Liberty Chapter 5 The Liberty of Law Part 6 Part 2: Challenges Chapter 7 The Temptation of Politics Chapter 8 The Dilemma of Democracy Chapter 9 Culture and the Possibility of "Non-Spontaneous" Commercial Society