CL Press
A Fraser Institute Project

About CL Press


CL stands at once for both classical liberal and conservative liberal.

CL Press publishes good, low-priced works in intellectual history, political theory, political economy, and moral philosophy in CL traditions.

CL Press includes a series called CL Reprints. CL Reprints was undertaken to make selected older works—no longer under copyright, chiefly—more available.



CL Press seeks to promote discourse in classical and conservative liberal traditions, esepcially in the following areas:

  • The intellectual history and meaning of liberalism.
  • The relationship between liberalism and conservatism.
  • The role of religion in disseminating liberal understandings and institutions including: the moral equality of souls, the rule of law, religious liberty, the meaning and virtues of economic life.
  • The relationship between religion and economic philosophy.
  • The political, social, and economic philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment, especially Adam Smith.
  • The state of classically liberal ideas and policies across the world today.


A letter by Screwtape to Wormwood (The Screwtape Letters, p. 265 of CS Lewis Signature Classics volume):

To regard the ancient writer as a possible source of knowledge—to anticipate that what he said could possibly modify your thoughts or your behaviour—this would be rejected as unutterably simple-minded. And since we cannot deceive the whole human race all the time, it is most important thus to cut every generation off from all others; for where learning makes a free commerce between the ages there is always the danger that the characteristic errors of one may be corrected by the characteristic truths of another. But thanks be to our Father and the Historical Point of View, great scholars are now as little nourished by the past as the most ignorant mechanic who holds that "history is bunk",

Your affectionate uncle