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April 07, 2005



Good luck in building a new political order on the basis of Mill. "After Virtue" is a better place to start.


Thanks for this: since I first saw it (God knows where), I've wanted someone to pass it on to me - it's almost like being on Desert Island Discs.

I'm going to resist the temptation to start a rant about 'After Virtue' because a) it's unseemly b) it's complicated and so not suited to ranting and c) I like 'After Virtue', which is not the impression I will give if I start ranting.


Ooh, go on. You know you want to.


I like "After Virtue" too, but it didn't stop me sticking a big section into my thesis complaining about its endorsement of slavery and the oppression of women (or something... I forget). So I won't be taking that to my desert island, probably - at least, not to build a new political order with (it wouldn't last very long if the "another - and doubtless very different - St Benedict" were as celibate as the original St Benedict, anyway). Not sure what I will take, yet, but I'll work it out in the next few days.

And I should echo Rob's thanks; I was rather hoping someone would pass it to me, too.

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