Living By Ideas

Living By Ideas

‘Lord, enlighten thou our enemies,’ should be the prayer of every true reformer,” wrote Mill in his essay on Coleridge. “Sharpen their wits, give acuteness to their perceptions, and consecutiveness and clearness to their reasoning powers. We are in danger from their folly, not from their wisdom: their weakness is what fills us with apprehension, not their strength.” Over the last three decades, those of us who share these sentiments have had our prayers answered in the shape of the Public Interest, the National Interest, Commentary, and the New Criterion. True, neoconservatism may have sometimes seemed to consist mainly of superficially plausible ar- guments for profoundly pernicious policies—a blessing we would perhaps rather do without. But for such ingratitude Mill had an answer:

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