John Stuart Mill's Asian Parable

@article{Kurfirst2001JohnSM,
  title={John Stuart Mill's Asian Parable},
  author={Robert Kurfirst},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Political Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={34},
  pages={601-619}
}
  • Robert Kurfirst
  • Published 2001
  • Political Science
  • Canadian Journal of Political Science
  • While certainly not the first to portray Asian civilizations as stagnant societies, John Stuart Mill was quite adept at using the concept of "Oriental despotism" to warn the West that it might suffer a similar fate if its distinguishing features of individuality and political pluralism fell into a state of neglect. Such a state was imminent, Mill believed, because the tyranny of majority opinion had already begun to hold sway in most Western cultures, and centralized bureaucratic socialism… CONTINUE READING
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