Why western liberals have long picked the wrong historical hero | Kenan Malik

A newly discovered text shows how the battles of the past are still being fought today Lost in the library of a small American college has lain a text by one of Englands foremost philosophers that no one knew he had written. Reasons for tolerateing Papists equally with others, a work by the early Enlightenment philosopher John Locke was discovered in announced last week, has been greeted with excitement by both philosophers and historians. It is significant, too, in throwing light upon political debates that have as much relevance now as they did 400 years ago. Locke is central to modern politics because of his foundational role in liberalism. His A Letter Concerning Toleration, published in 1689, is a key …