Libertarian Traditions: F.A. Hayek and John Anderson
Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2012
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Australian Journal of Politics & History
Volume 58, Issue 1, pages 51–66, March 2012
How to Cite
Cole, C. M. (2012), Libertarian Traditions: F.A. Hayek and John Anderson. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 58: 51–66. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01623.x
- Issue online: 20 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2012
An examination of John Anderson's work in relation to other political theorists of his time would help to provide a more adequate assessment of one of the “greats” of Australian intellectual and cultural life. Comparisons between Anderson's libertarian strain and F.A. Hayek's have been noted but there has been no real attempt to draw out the real differences arising from their substantive theoretical positions. Anderson and Hayek rejected any notion of a single, complete ethical code; they despaired at the demoralising effects of a culture of dependence and irresponsibility; they rejected the ameliorative liberalism represented by T.H. Green and Bernard Bosanquet. But they disagreed centrally in their assessments of those practices and movements which act as sites of resistance to the levelling standards and values of commercial and consumerist institutions.