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The Best of the OLL No. 61: John Trenchard, “On the Nature of Political Parties” (1721)

This is part of “The Best of the Online Library of Liberty” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. This essay on the nature of politicians and political parties comes from Trenchard and Gordon’s influential *Cato’s Letters* (1721). Trenchard provides an early example of a public choice analysis of political behavior.