By Anthony M. Ludovici

First released as a chain of articles in The South African Observer within the Nineteen Sixties, this paintings offers a desirable historical-philosophical research of the starting place of contemporary liberalism.

Starting with an research of what liberalism is, this ebook stories the ideological origin—among the higher periods of society—of the proposal of liberalism, after which strikes via its historic improvement to the current day, the place, he concludes, the “worst misapprehension of all is to believe that every one this Liberal false impression of human nature can in all likelihood fail in spite of everything to pervert and corrupt the country and wipe out the entire gathered treasure in advantage and sanity which has been fostered and saved in the course of former, extra rational and extra tasteful times.”

As the writer says within the preface:

“Among the various amazing alterations witnessed in my lifetime, none has struck me extra forcibly than that which has happened within the relative value of faith and Politics.

“For, while in my formative years and early life faith was once nonetheless the central box the place fervour and fanaticism reigned, it's been my destiny to work out political doctrines and ideologies thoroughly supersede it in all grownup minds.

“In my early life there has been definitely hostility and contention among Liberals and Conservatives; yet despite the fact that sour the antagonism, it by no means went to the size of branding the opposite aspect as “indecent”, “disreputable” or really “despicable”.

Yet to-day Liberalism has attained to this top of vanity and presumption.

“This e-book is for that reason an try during this 11th hour of expiring sanity to show (he fake assumptions and truculent vacuity of those very tenets and rules, and to stipulate a positive technique of battling them.”

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Without examining too minutely its remote beginnings, even if we place its first conception as a deliberate policy no earlier than the Reformation, there is still justification for the claim that as a protest against bad government, it was extraordinarily long delayed; and we are left marvelling at the long-suffering patience of the European masses for waiting so long before their endurance was ex- p. 38 hausted. The fact that this protracted docility under misgovernment has provoked wonder is shown by the remark of a Radical agitator — Dr.

Instantly, every Tom, Dick and Harry would insist on serving his own best interests by ordering Rain, Sunshine or Wind. Factions would form to induce one sort of climate or the other, and the conflict of meteorological policies would lead to chaos if not catastrophe. Finally, the Common Man gazing distractedly on the national landscape, would see nothing but rocking tree-tops, crashing branches, and standing crops devastated by contrary winds. Let no one suppose that this imagined outcome of Weather Control differs much from the consequences of Popular Government.

Communism, Chap. IV, Part IV). And, as for women, their rooted apathy if not phobia, towards politics is alleged by many publicists. "Women (in the mass that is)," says R. C. Ensor, "have no day-to-day interest in politics. " (The Character of England, 1947, Article: The Press). Only a John Stuart Mill, dominated by women unreconciled to their fate as females, could ever have believed anything else. Some eighty years before the publication of The Subjection of Women, if Walter Bagehot had said of his countrywomen, "they care fifty times more for a marriage than a ministry" (The English Constitution, No.

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