The Legatum Institute hosted author Kenneth Minogue for a discussion on his book The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Kenneth Minogue, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, London School of Economics
In the book, Minogue explores the intelligentsia’s love affair with social perfection and reveals how that idealistic dream is destroying the foundations of Western prosperity.
As Western governments expand, the burden of solving our social—and especially moral—problems is being carried by the government. And the more we allow the state to determine our moral order and inner convictions, the more we need to be told how to behave and what to think. The dinner was attended by the Czech Ambassador Michael Zantovsky, the philosopher Roger Scruton, William Shawcross (the official biographer of the Queen Mother), Dominic Lawson of the Sunday Times, and others.
About the Author
Kenneth Minogue is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at London School of Economics. He is the author The Liberal Mind (1963), The Concept of a University(1974), Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Ideology (1985), and Politics: A Very Short Introduction (1995). He has edited several books, including Essays in Conservative Realism (1996). Minogue has also written columns for the Times, the Times Higher Education Supplement, and the Times Literary Supplement. In 1986 he presented a six-part television programme on free market economics called The New Enlightenment, on Channel 4. He is an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics.