“We must face up to the grim fact,” Ken said, “that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.” Ken Minogue

I, for one, will miss this conservative thinker.  

Today’s fine “obit” (written by E. Feulner) for K. Minogue in the WS Journal offered a few quotes I wanted to blog along… Note: As with economist M. Friedman, I adjusted to their “liberal” definitions of a half century ago.

“”Remember,” Ken said, interrupting with a felicitous Adam Smith phrase, “there’s a lot of ruin in a nation.”

Repeating my title line – “”We must face up to the grim fact,” Ken said, “that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.”

“We can, however, reduce the negative effect of policies so that freedom can be expanded. “And in making this judgment, we need to remember the practice of freedom on which our wealth seems to have depended,” Ken said. “Solutions that reduce our freedom put modernity itself at risk.””

Those Yanks that had Professor Minogue as a LSE professor certainly benefited from his rational thoughts and words…

“In “The Liberal Mind” he chastised establishment elites who viewed humanity’s every challenge as an opportunity for government intervention. He wanted to find solutions and help those who needed it, but he doubted that suffering could be eliminated by government bureaucracy.”

 

Here’s my hope that modernity will rise about the risks of government intervention and bureaucracy.

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A Vermont Yankee in Southern California.
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