As a Liberal in the British Parliament in the 1860s, John Stuart Mill once said Conservatives were “necessarily the stupidest party.” That might seem as simple as an infant learning where its nose is, but Mill’s insight into the permanence of “necessarily” ranks right up there with Newton’s thoughts on gravity. It’s certainly been confirmed and re-confirmed by subsequent experiment.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday December 18, 2011 9:30 am|
I don’t think it takes much imagination to notice that our collective grasp of the real is not what it could be. If it were, the permafrost would not be thawing. “Grab this branch and never let go” is a consistent refrain in today’s public life. The last thing the powers want is a reinvigorated imaginative public bent on the re-enchantment of the world.