Philosophy & Ideas

Kenneth Minogue and Responsible Individualism

On Liberty and Its Enemies by Kenneth Minogue, edited by Timothy Fuller Encounter Books, 2017, 352 pages, $47.99 ___________________________________ To the astonishment of many, conservatism often reflects a sceptical disposition. Conservatives are typically dismissed as unqualified admirers of the past, people who tend to confuse the two notions of “old” and “good”. Such a cliche seems hardly plausible. Among political thinkers worthy of the word, as well as among common people, it’s rare to find any trace of nostalgia for slavery, open-air latrines or therapeutic bloodletting. Some political thinkers, and common people too, call themselves “conservatives” not so much because…

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