24 July 2011

Mill on Conservatives

Taken from Brad Delong post on 'The Heritage Filter: Does America Have a Future in Which There Are Smart Conservatives?':

"John Stuart Mill famously wrote to John Pakington:

I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it."

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