John C. Wright is one of the latest entries in my feedreader, and frankly I've forgotten whom to credit and am too busy/lazy to try to figure it out. But thanks, whoever you are. John's entries are almost always well-written and interesting, and often give me a fresh perspective on issues. His latest is too rich for me to give it more than a quick read at this point, but I'm posting it here so I won't lose it, and for the benefit of others.
Fans of A Man for All Seasons may recognize the title; if not, there's a YouTube link to refresh your memory. If you're told "this video is no longer available," try again; it worked the first time for me, and not the second, but the next time I had no trouble.One of the reasons this post resonated with me is that this is the second time I've run into the idea that Classical Liberalism is nearly the opposite of what we call Liberalism today. (The first was in a Teaching Company course on Western Civilization.) That and the fact that it reminded me of this line from Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night: "The first thing a principle does, if it really is a principle, is to kill someone."