John Mill Meets Hayek

As the Arab Spring becomes overcome by organized Islamic militants, we should remember what Hayek wrote in the 1930’s, he said that liberty is not discovered in nature, its an artifact of Civilization. Without culture, the benign innate ideas proposed by Locke are useless for they are never born.

John Stuart Mill wrote in 1859 ‘On Liberty’: “Liberty, as a principle, has no application to any state of things anterior to the time when mankind have become capable of being improved by free and equal discussion. Until then, there is nothing for them but implicit obedience to an Akbar or a Charlemagne, if they are so fortunate as to find one.”

Memo to the gnomes at State: read Mill.

About William Holland

Systematic Theologian/International Relations
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