A fascinating piece by Douglas Murray illustrates why certain ideas that developed in the 18th century, such as freedom of opinion, may not survive the 21st.
You may have encountered Douglas Murray if you follow British current affairs and public policy debates. A writer/journalist of growing reputation, now in his mid-30s, Murray hails from the cradle of the Free World. I do mean Scotland, of course.
It was the thinkers of Scotland who wrote the book on the Enlightenment — several books, in fact, beginning with Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. It’s taking nothing away from the French Encyclopedists to say that the best designers of engines and societies came from Scotland. Philosophers such as Adam Smith and David Hume, to mention only two giants, spoke for the best of the 18th century.
Murray fits the heritage. He’s as sound as they come. He calls himself a neo-conservative. As…
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