Now in Swedish: Principles for a Free SocietyMay 27th, 2011 Ideology | Seminars | Theme: Principles
The study guide Principles for a Free Society is published for the first time in Swedish. Author Nigel Ashford attended the book release in Stockholm to tell about story behind the book and to answer questions.
Originally written in English by Dr Nigel Ashford, the book has been translated into multiple languages, including Russian, Spanish, Turkish – and now Swedish. Written for the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation in the 1990’s the book was intended as a study guide in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Today, the book is used in several of the Foundation’s program countries, including Latin America, Turkey and the Balkans.
Principles for a Free Society introduces twelve crucial principles and values that are at a base of any free, democratic and open society. The principles cover civil society, democracy, equality, free enterprise, freedom, human rights, justice, peace, private property, rule of law, spontaneous order and tolerance.
In addition to Nigel Ashford, Fredrik Johansson, Head of Public Affairs at KreabGavinAnderson and Isobel Hadley Kamptz, writer, commented on the book. Fredrik Johansson has himself attended Foundation seminars on the book at multiple occasions – in Sweden and abroad.
“The book shows an intellectual way of approaching politics,” commented Fredrik Johansson. He gave numerous examples from the discussion that arise when participants from different countries discuss the principles.
“Nigel Ashford put too much emphasis on Economic Freedom,” claimed Isobel Hadley Kamptz. With a base in classical liberalism, she argued that some principles do contradict each other, for instance freedom and order.”