I have been sharpening my wits on Kenneth Minogue’s prose for over half a century, and this latest book is as intellectually stimulating as his classic assault on liberalism all those years ago. For anyone who believes, as I do, that the contemporary political culture is profoundly sick, this is an original diagnosis of where it has gone wrong, and how it can be put to rights. What is more, in spite of the seriousness of the subject, the writing is as clear as a bell. Don’t miss it.
Sir Peregrine Worsthorne
This is a work of meticulous logic and vast erudition. It provides an invaluable resource for anyone who has wondered why European elites embarked upon their disastrous cultural revolution in pursuit of an abstract internationalist idealism, destroying in the process their intellectual and cultural heritage.
David Martin Jones
Associate Professor, Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Can democracy survive in a nation of slaves? Aristotle thought not. But what if the slaves don’t recognize their servile condition? Kenneth Minogue explores the many ways in which the citizens of the modern West have thoughtlessly exchanged independence of mind and body for government promises of security and harmony. The result is a topsy-turvy democracy where the rulers hold the people to account for their incorrect behavior and attitudes. Will the rulers one day throw the rascally people out? This is an insightful and unsettling book—and it would also be a frightening one if it were not so consistently entertaining.
Radio Free Europe