My liberal icon: George Eliot

The liberal icon I’ve chosen is George Eliot, although I haven’t yet read most of what she wrote. She has been described as both a romantic conservative and a radical Millian liberal, and no doubt was both at different points in her life. But whatever…

My liberal icon: Oz Katerji

“He don’t miss.” On the face of it, the notification I just received from a friend makes little sense. Invariably, however, it’ll be followed by a tweet from Oz Katerji with a based take on a foreign policy issue. The kind of take that…

My liberal icon: Lord Palmerston

In 1847 Lord Rothschild visited Athens during the Orthodox Easter. The Greek government, anxious not to offend their moneyed Jewish visitor, forbade the burning of Judas’s effigy during his stay. Deprived of their traditional outlet for antisemitism, the locals…

My liberal icon: Immanuel Kant

We liberals identify ourselves as such because we hold liberty to be the highest political principle—a privilege that has been afforded to us on the basis of our having had the fortune to have been born after that greatest flowering of human thought, the Enlightenment.

Farewell Shirley Williams

Shirley was incapable of preconceptions. It was perhaps her only incapability. Whether you were a learned professor of political theory, a longstanding cabinet minister, or an eager, awestruck undergraduate, she wanted to talk politics without assumptions or prejudices.