and we wonder why we are losing the game of ideas.
I have been sent a reprint of the late Ron Kitching’s book Understanding Personal and Economic Liberty to review for On Line Opinion. This is not a review but a general comment triggered by the appendix on the great authors of Classical Liberalism and related subjects. His three pinup boys of the 20th century are Mises, Hayek and Hutt. It is not accidental that one of the major pages of my website is the Hayek page and Hutt has generous treatment in the Revivalist series (for people who have been under-rated or forgotten) including a deal of material that I put on line before other people got around to it.
He has a long list of 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century stalwarts, including some you can find in the Rathouse, notably Peter Bauer and Terrence Kealey.
There is a significant absentee. If you want a rugby league team of 20th century classical liberals you would have to play Mises and Karl Popper as props, with Maggie Thatcher wearing the number 9. But Popper is missing from Ron’s team. This is a scandalous state of affairs and the selectors better do something about it before it is too late.
Sinc might want to play Oakeshott in place of Sir Karl, but I think the Austrian (who could claim ANZAC status due to his service in NZ during WW2) has got a bit more to offer, especially in the philosophy of science. However it is apparent from an exchange of letters between the two that they will be happy to play in the same team even if one of them has to come off the bench.