I have read every book written by Ken Minogue and there never was an article of his I came upon that I didn’t instantly read end to end there and then. The best conservative writer of our time whom I had the priviledge and pleasure of speaking with personally on three occasions. Roger Scruton has an article in The American Spectator discussing Ken and his ideas of which this is one passage but read it all.
Ken was born in New Zealand and educated in Australia. He came to England in 1955 and taught political science, first at the University of Exeter and then, from 1959, at the London School of Economics, where he was a pupil and friend of Michael Oakeshott. Ken enjoyed public debate and was a passionate advocate of the conservative cause. He had the returning colonist’s love for the old country, and a poignant sense of its fragility. But he was also an articulate theorist, who had studied Marxism and its effects, and who saw more clearly than any other political scientist of his generation that the greatest danger presented by socialism was not the expansion of the state but the advance of ideology. By softening the brains of the intellectual class, ideology prepares the way for the statist machine far more effectively than any army. It is a substitute for thought, one that is designed to make thinking impossible.
[The article was found at Powerline]