Kenneth Minogue: How Political Idealism Threatens Our Civilisation
Updated: Feb 17
This is part of a series of blogposts republishing previous events of the Oxford Hayek Society and the Oxford Libertarian Society. The original blogpost was published here.
On Wednesday 11 November 2009, Professor Kenneth Minogue, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the London School of Economics, spoke to the Oxford Libertarian Society at Christ Church on the subject of: 'How Political Idealism Threatens Our Civilisation'.
You can find a YouTube video of the talk below.
In his talk, Kenneth warned that political idealism hinders the spontaneous emergence of civilisation.
Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the London School of Economics, Professor Kenneth Minogue is a well-known conservative political thinker. An avowed opponent of rationalism in politics, his book Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology (1985) dissected and refuted the dominant ideological strains of the first part of the 20th century - fascism and communism - whilst his earlier work The Liberal Mind (1963) discussed the characteristics and deficiencies of liberalism, in both its modern and classical variants. Kenneth is presently a director of the Centre for Policy Studies, a trustee of Civitas, and a former Chairman of the Bruges Group.