Monday, December 21, 2020

A thinker worth getting to know …

… Michael Oakeshott: A Hero for Whom? - Econlib. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Reading Oakeshott is a peculiar experience in these days of intense political polarization. It reminds us that politics should not be a totalizing part of human life and cautions us about the dangers of considering political philosophy a blueprint for political action. It impresses upon us a sense of the limits of politics as such not so much because of the existence of “individual rights” that should be respected, but because when politics becomes ambitious it becomes dangerous and grotesque at once.

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