A problem well put is half-solved. The reactionary is a man of few words, well-chosen, which cut to the heart of a problem. In the history of ideas there have been works which have laid bare the problems of modernity, and whose elegance has pointed the way to their solution.

Imperium Press' Studies in Reaction series distills the essence of reactionary thought. The series presents in compact format those seminal works which need so few words to say so much about modernity.

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Churchill once said that “democracy is the worst form of government except for all others…” and in Popular Government, Henry Sumner Maine answers him 60 years in advance with “…unless you examine  any part of history at all.”

In this book, one of the greatest legal minds of the 19th century
examines the question of governance, and finds democracy wanting. In an age where democracy has never been more fragile, Maine’s clear-eyed analysis has never been more relevant.

Henry Sumner Maine

Popular Government

Sociology for the South

George Fitzhugh

In Sociology for the South, George Fitzhugh radically reframes our view on a social institution considered beyond the pale—slavery.

By casting slavery in humane, Christian terms, Fitzhugh at once savagely critiques the free society of laissez-faire, and cuts socialism off at the knees as an alternative. Socialism is shown to be an incomplete form of slavery, all its virtues better embodied in this ancient institution. Laissez-faire is held up as cruel, inhumane, and corrosive to social cohesion in just the way illiberal commentators have been saying for generations—except Fitzhugh anticipates them by a century.


This is a work so radical that it will challenge even the most hardcore illiberals to rethink their worldview.

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The Present Time

Thomas Carlyle

The Present Time is a collection of the most reactionary essays by Thomas Carlyle. In them he critiques democracy, laissez-faire economics, and the idea of progress with unmatched savagery and erudition.

This volume of his most radical thought also includes an exhaustive glossary, finally making Carlyle accessible to non-specialists. Carlyle is one of the towering figures of illiberal thought, and this collects his strongest material into a compact volume.

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Why I Am Not a Liberal

Jonathan Bowden

An intimate interview with one of the dissident right's foundational figures, this slim volume is the perfect digest of far right thought.


Jonathan Bowden was a major intellectual force in the London New-Right, a magisterial speaker with an encyclopaedic knowledge of politics both left and right. Surrounded by admirers, in this interview he answers questions on a wide range of topics, and reminds the dissident right of lessons it has forgotten in the years since his untimely death.

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