S.T. Karnick asked me to post this reply to John Tabin’s post regarding Karnick’s understanding of Mill and liberalism:
-are all too easily cast aside by the ultilitarian thought in the sentence that immediately followed:
This is a loophole through which one can drive an entire army. One could surely “calculate” that a free Iraq would “produce evil to someone else,” and hence we may be justified in compelling it to become a modern, liberal, democratic state. But even if we set aside the fact that it is manifestly impossible to accomplish this task, it is clearly a contradiction of the first four sentences of Mill’s statement. Mill’s willingness to set such limits on liberty is, in fact, precisely what begins the movement away from classical liberalism to the odious modern kind.
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