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I wrote this brief essay for the Quaker weekly publication The Friend after reading the biography of John Bright by Sir Bill Cash, Conservative MP.

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This brief essay explores the question of whether the Quakers as a fiercely independent group welcome or deplore big government as appropriate for furthering traditional Quaker goals. It is answered through the prominent 19th C figures of John Bright and George Cadbury, representing the libertarian and socialist wings respectively of Quaker political thought.

Honey I Shrunk the State

Keywords: John Bright, George Cadbury, big government, Quakers, Dominic Frisby, Mariana Mazzucato.

First published: The Friend, 31 July 2014

Year: 2014, no of words: 1,328