JS Mill stands to liberalism as Karl Marx does to socialism. Mill is liberalism's intellectual giant of the nineteenth century. He was a public intellectual, a high ranking official of the East India Company, a man who had gained political influence both through the respect accorded to his views and through direct election to Westminster. He involved himself in every important practical issue of mid century politics, and Dr Varouxakis brings the context to light through an analysis of the arguments Mill engaged in. From the American Civil War to the Spring of Nations; from self-government of settler colonies to the character of civilisations ... JS Mill thought subtly about international relations and his themes continue to have strikingly contemporary echoes. Part 1 of the conversation.