What Is Living and What Is Dead in Classical Liberalism?
By Charles K. Rowley
This article appeared in the Spring 1996 issue of The Independent Review.
Robert Nozick and John Gray are two scholars who, to varying degrees, retreated from their classical liberal past the same year (1989) that witnessed the final collapse of classical liberalisms archenemy, Marxist-Leninist philosophy. Their retreat is completely explained by their shift, in a troubled world, from a preoccupation with the goal of preserving liberty to that of preserving order; that is, from a commitment to the philosophy of John Locke to that of Thomas Hobbes.
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