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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

McCarthy on Belloc

[Hilaire] Belloc's distrust of the new liberal positive state was motivated more by a fear of what the state would do to the poorer classes, which he believed would be relegated to a permanent servile status, than by any Manchesterian laissez-faire solicitude for the property rights of capitalists, whom he thought were using the new liberalism to perpetuate their plutocratic position.
--John McCarthy, Hilaire Belloc: Edwardian Radical

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