Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

The Future Is Free

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The battle cry of this magazine notwithstanding, there is no capital-“H” Hegelian History, and nothing — certainly not political liberty — is inevitable. It was far from inevitable that a congress of farmers and lawyers meeting in Philadelphia in the late 18th century would adopt as a national creed the most radical interpretation of the already extraordinary English conception of liberty, or that it would succeed in practical terms. The American experiment could have failed in any number of ways.

And yet . . . it’s an awfully American-looking world out there: In the English-speaking nations, of course, Anglo-American liberalism thrives

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