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Mill of the Gods

He knew that the best people know what's best for you.

Jun 15, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 37 • By BARTON SWAIM
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The world envisioned in Mill's famous book exists in its purest form on today's university campuses. It's a world in which entire departments are composed of faculty who hold exactly the same views on all important questions, and in which democracy is countenanced only insofar as it affords power to busybodies with postgraduate degrees. And these, of course, are the same citadels of sameness in which young people are censured and ridiculed if they fail to embrace the virtues of "diversity" with sufficient zeal.

Rather a curious legacy for the
philosopher of liberty.

Barton Swaim is the author of Scottish Men of Letters and the New Public Sphere: 1802-1834.