Philosophy and Ideas

Killing with Kindness

What’s Wrong With Benevolence: Happiness, Private Property, and the Limits of Enlightenment by David Stove Encounter Books, 2011, 240 pages, US$23.95  David Stove (1927–1994) was a philosopher and polemicist who taught at the University of Sydney for many years. A pessimist, a conservative, and a commonsense reductionist in the grand Anglo-Saxon tradition, Stove deployed a keen wit and an imaginative style against a wide range of modern shibboleths. His writings were little known outside his own country until after his death, when they were championed by Roger Kimball, then editor of the New Criterion and now also publisher of Encounter Books. What’s…

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