Roger Kimball At Arma Virumque: ‘Kenneth Minogue 1930-2013’

Piece here.

Simon on Minogue:

‘Ken was deeply respected by a profession he regarded with, shall we say, a certain ironical distance.’

and Kimball quoting Minogue:

‘The evident problem with democracy today is that the state is pre-empting—or “crowding out,” as the economists say—our moral judgments. Rulers are adding moral judgments to the expanding schedule of powers they exercise. Nor does the state deal merely with principles. It is actually telling its subjects to do very specific things. Yet decisions about how we live are what we mean by “freedom,” and freedom is incompatible with a moralizing state. That is why I am provoked to ask the question: can the moral life survive democracy?’

I had only come across Minogue more recently, and that depth and sharpness is evident.  R.I.P.

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