I wrote in the introduction that an accurate and sympathetic reading of the Victorian liberals hinges on appreciating the worthiness of both their perfectionism and their statism. The work of this chapter is to examine the major obstacle that prohibits an appreciation of the latter. Modern antistatism, I argue, is another expression of the same modern culture of skepticism that sustains the vehement anti-perfectionism described in chapter one. Besides examining a different facet of that culture of skepticism, this chapter differs from chapter one in examining this facet in a broader and somewhat messier context than that of political theory, though, by way of transition, I begin with a brief consideration of antistatism in contemporary political theory.
KeywordsWelfare State Liberal Theory Methodological Individualism Minimal Framework Modern Liberalism
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