John Stuart Mill

A new biography sheds light on the afterlife of Hume’s writings

This study of empire building is imaginative and vivid, but has a loose grip on detail

“While no longer accepting any special responsibility on the world stage, Obama pretends that we are all citizens together. Like Hamlet the President soliloquises; he does not act”

Karen Horn and Robert Skidelsky trade blows over the latter’s new book

Western liberals are happy to speak truth to power—when they are sure they won’t be thrown in prison or the subject of a fatwa

The Western democratic state depends on a public space that is free, peaceful, and equally accessible to every citizen. How far can we go in shaping the space to meet the demands of ‘public morality’, before we upset this delicate balance?

Roger Kimball blames the revered advocate of ‘experiments in living’ for our inability to escape from the quagmire of moral nihilism