Unfit for Liberty

By |2017-06-08T14:44:57-05:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Quotation|

“A people may prefer a free government but if, from indolence, or carelessness, or cowardice, or want of public spirit, they are unequal to the exertions necessary for preserving it; if they will not fight for it when it is directly attacked; if they can be deluded by the artifices used to cheat them out [...]

The Lie of the Open Society

By |2019-03-16T10:19:41-05:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Apology, Conservatism, Crito, Featured, Free Speech, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Plato, Willmoore Kendall|

II John Locke The related problems of “the public orthodoxy” and “the open society” were major concerns of  Willmoore Kendall throughout his professional career. In his reappraisal of John Locke in 1941, Kendall’s Locke emerged as an exponent of the public orthodoxy as expressed through the majority. As Kendall sees it, in Lockean thought, “In consenting [...]

The Reality of the Politically Correct Ideology

By |2015-04-04T17:10:13-05:00April 4th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Intelligence, John Stuart Mill|

Jonathan Chait burned up the Internet with his critique of so-called political correctness.[1] Among many responses, Amanda Taub’s stands out for its denial of Mr. Chait’s basic premise.[2] According to Ms. Taub: …there’s no such thing as “political correctness.” The term’s in wide use, certainly, but has no actual fixed or specific meaning. What defines [...]

Is Academic Freedom Inherently Good?

By |2019-12-05T10:54:17-06:00March 21st, 2015|Categories: Catholicism, Education, Freedom, John Stuart Mill|Tags: , |

Rarely do opinion pieces in college newspapers emerge as subjects of national controversy, but a recent essay by Harvard student Sandra Y.L. Korn has generated widespread denunciation among conservatives. Her essay—entitled “The Doctrine of Academic Freedom”*—argues for dispensing with longstanding commitments to “academic freedom” in favor of what she calls “academic justice.” Academic freedom permits [...]

John Stuart Mill: False Prophet of Liberty

By |2014-08-20T16:56:41-05:00August 21st, 2014|Categories: Bruce Frohnen, Government, John Stuart Mill, Liberty, Socialism|

As long as there have been “libertarians,” there has been hero worship of John Stuart Mill. This Nineteenth Century utilitarian author, most famously of On Liberty, has been looked to as a kind of fount of holy writ for individualism. And Mill was an individualist. Unfortunately, he was not a supporter of liberty in any [...]

John Stuart Mill Reconsidered

By |2020-05-19T13:36:20-05:00June 5th, 2014|Categories: Books, Conservatism, John Stuart Mill, Liberalism|Tags: |

John Stuart Mill may well serve as an invaluable ally in searching out the roots of our ancient Anglo-American order that guarantee liberty as it coexists with order, neither at the other’s expense. He has a great deal of compassion and insight we could benefit from immensely, and it would be to our own disadvantage [...]

Conservatives and Libertarians: Uneasy Cousins

By |2020-09-23T15:40:41-05:00July 15th, 2012|Categories: Conservatism, Edmund Burke, John Stuart Mill, Libertarians, Robert Nisbet|Tags: |

Modern political conservatism takes its origin in Edmund Burke’s insistence upon the rights of society and its historically formed groups such as family, neighborhood, guild and church against the “arbitrary power” of a political government. By common assent modern conservatism, as political philosophy, springs from Edmund Burke: chiefly from his Reflections on the Revolution in [...]

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