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David Hume, The Best of the OLL No. 70: David Hume, “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” (1777) [1777]

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David Hume, The Best of the OLL No. 70: David Hume, “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” (1777) (Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2016).

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This is part of “The OLL Reader: An Anthology of the Best of the OLL” which is a collection of some of the most important material in the OLL. A thematic list with links to HTML versions of the texts is available here. David Hume’s ideal form of government was not known in any detail until the posthumous appearance of the essay “Idea of a Perfect Commonwealth” in 1777. In it he draws up an elaborate scheme for a “perfect commonwealth” for which he borrows aspects of James Harrington’s Commonwealth of Oceana (1656) and Oliver Cromwell’s Commonwealth (1653-59) during the English Revolution. His other model included the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

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