"The essence of liberalism is an attempt to secure a social order not based on irrational dogma, and insuring stability without involving more restraints than are necessary for the preservation of the community. Whether this attempt can succeed only the future can determine."
-Bertrand Russell, from the introduction to 'A History of Western Philosophy'
What do you guys think? Bearing in mind that this book was published in 1945, is what he describes even what we typically think of as "liberalism"? Articulated in such a manner it sounds reasonable, but as we see in practice, people may need more restraint than is currently placed upon them because they appear incapable of self-restraint. This poses problems in terms of community. Maybe the future has already determined that such an attempt cannot succeed.