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Liberty Abroad - Part 2. JS Mill on empire

JS Mill, liberalism's intellectual giant, justified despotism in India, thought Britain should be a beacon of liberty like Athens (because of its navy) and that it is impossible for a democracy to rule another country well. Listen to Dr Georgios Varouxakis on his latest book, Liberty Abroad

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About the authors

Dr Georgios Varouxakis is Reader in the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary College, University of London. He grew up in Crete and studied in the UK. He has published widely on 19th Century and contemporary history of political ideas.

Tony Curzon Price was Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy from 2007 to 2012, where he is now contributing editor and technical director. He blogs at

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