The Primacy of Liberty

Source: Law & Liberty
by Juliana Geran Pilon

“Is progress an unmitigated good? Not for everyone. As social arrangements shift, some benefit while others are uprooted. Scientific advances, especially in the short run, have often been ‘combined with that suffering which is inseparable from extensive changes in the condition of the people,’ observed the great English historian John Emerich Edward Dalberg, a.k.a., Lord Acton (1834-1902). Yet it is just such volatile events that occasion ‘men of speculative or imaginative genius’ to make matters far worse by dreaming up utopian societies reminiscent of ‘the legends of the golden age.’ Topping the list is the belief in a mythical aboriginal paradise of unlimited and unclaimed resources.” (11/16/22)