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John Stuart Mill

Born on this day. See Christopher Macleod’s overview in the SEP. Most (if not all) of Mill’s writings freely available here. free speechJohn Stuart MillLiberalismliberty fundon liberty

The Pursuit of Happiness and the American Regime

This recent book sounds most appealing what with a chapter entitled “Walker Percy’s Search”. An endorsement by Brian Smith is recommendation enough. Edith Whartonelizabeth amatohappinessLiberalismNathaniel Hawthornephilosophical literaturePolitical philosophyTom WolfeWalker Percy

The Opium of the Intellectuals [Yet Idiot]

Raymond Aron’s classic freely available here. One of the causes of the popularity of Marxism among educated people was the fact that in its simple form it was very easy; even Sartre noticed that Marxists are lazy. Indeed, they enjoyed having one key to open all doors, one universally applicable explanation for everything, an instrument…

Automated Liberalism?

H/T Brian Smith. This from the Law & Liberty blog.     Age of EnlightenmentArtificial intelligencebenjamin constantilliberalismJames PoulosJohn Stuart MillLiberalismNetwork ScienceSocial network

John Gray on Desert Island Disks

And his first choice, Bowie’s “My Way” — i.e. Life on Mars. Though he came to self-awareness in the ’60s he preferred the harder-edged and more poetic ’70s. His one item: a lifetime’s supply of Marmite. Sound chap. ConservatismDavid BowieHistoryIsaiah Berlinjohn grayKirsty YoungLiberalismLibertarianismmarmitePolitical philosophyprogressstoicism

Raymond Aron

Born on this day. Below is Daniel J. Mahoney’s entry in the Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought. Raymond Aron (1905–83) was a distinguished French philosopher, political thinker, social scientist, and journalist. He wrote influential columns for Le Figaro (1947–77) and L’Express (1978–83) and played a major role in shaping moderate and conservative opinion in France in…

In Praise of Moderation

The very excellent Elizabeth Corey’s First Things review of Aurelian Craiutu’s the Faces of Moderation: The Art of Balance in an Age of Extremes. Aurelian CraiutuElizabeth CoreyLiberalismMichael OakeshottmoderationPolitical philosophy