A simple question for liberals (right and left), libertarians and neo-conservatives: if there is a universal human hunger for liberty, and liberality really does lead best to prosperity and social success, then liberal societies should have been the default everywhere and throughout history. Right? In that case, tyrannies and monarchies should have been extraordinarily rare, no?
Here’s a radical notion. Instead of devising ideal constitutions for ideal utopian societies, as intellectuals have done since Plato, perhaps we should examine the sorts of societies that have most often prevailed, and that are therefore presumably most fit to man as he really is, and think about the smallest ways to adjust them at the margin so as to ameliorate their characteristic deficiencies (if such there really be, from the perspective of their members).