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New Left Review I/236, July-August 1999

Andrew Gamble

The Last Utopia

John Gray originally came to prominence in the 1980s as one of the most formidable and articulate defenders of the anti-rationalist tradition of liberalism which had been revived by Hayek and his associates in the Mont Pélerin Society after 1945 and had subsequently become an important intellectual strand in the New Right. [*] I wish to thank Michael Kenny for comments on an earlier draft of this article. Hayek himself provided an enthusiastic endorsement of Hayek on Liberty: ‘the first survey of my work which not only fully understands but is able to carry on my ideas beyond the point at which I left off’. [1] John Gray, Hayek on Liberty, Oxford 1984; second edition 1986. He would have been surprised to discover how far his disciple has since travelled. Gray’s most recent book, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism is not quite the destination Hayek had in mind. [2] John Gray, False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism, Granta Books, London 1998, £17.99 hb; with new postscript, 1999, £8.99 pb.

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