Sunday, September 30, 2018

Reading Rat - September 2018

Articles, essays, reviews

A Short History of American Medical Insurance, by John Steele Gordon, at Imprimis

At The Economist, Schools Brief on Liberalism:

- The brains trust: The ideas of liberalism’s greatest thinkers; And why they still matter.

- The father of liberalism: Against the tyranny of the majority John Stuart Mill's warning still resonates today.

- De Tocqueville and the French exception: The gloomiest of the great liberals worried that democracy might not be compatible with liberty.

- Was John Maynard Keynes a liberal? People should be free to choose. It was their freedom not to choose that troubled him.

- The exiles fight back: Hayek, Popper and Schumpeter formulated a response to tyranny. Their lives and reputations diverged, but their ideas were rooted in the traumas of their shared birthplace.

- Three post-war liberals strove to establish the meaning of freedom: Berlin, Rawls and Nozick put their faith in the sanctity of the individual.

- The prophets of illiberal progress: Rousseau, Marx and Nietzsche. Terrible things have been done in their name.

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