John Atkinson Hobson...on creative thought

The creative spirit is one and indivisible. It cannot live and work under servitude or external control. Disinterested thought cannot be drawn into the physical sciences and be kept out of politics and economic theory. If we are right in holding that the most urgent business of our age is to devise better laws of conduct in the arts of human government, within and beyond the limits of nationality, success depends upon stimulating, in as many spots as possible, the largest number and variety of independent thinkers, constructing and maintaining among them the best conditions of free intercourse and cooperation, and finally enabling their creative thought to play freely in criticism and in reform upon the existing modes of political and economic life.

-Free Thought in the Social Sciences, 1926