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Oct 26 2015

Classical Liberalism

The polar opposite of what currently calls itself a liberal is a classical liberal. You are one yourself to the extent you embrace these principles:

1. Liberty as the primary political value
2. Emphasis on the individual as more important than the collective
3. Skepticism about power
4. Rule of law
5. Civil society
6. Spontaneous order
7. Free markets
8. Toleration
9. Peace
10. Limited government

If you reject these principles, you are probably an establishment Republican or worse yet a Democrat.

On a tip from Wilberforce.



17 Responses to “Classical Liberalism”

  1. William F. Cuckley, Jr. says:

    The problem with classical liberalism is that it always degenerates into progtardianism. Show me a classically liberal country where that hasn’t happened.

    That’s my problem with conservatism. Even if you elected Ron Paul and turned the clock back to 1787, how long before you wind in the same place as you are now?

    Conservatives tend to see moonbats as some form of alien corruption. Far from it. They’re as much a part of American DNA as mom, apple pie and the flag. What we’re seeing now is merely the inevitable end of the American Revolution.

  2. The Bad Captain Madly says:

    The problem with classical liberalism is that it always degenerates into progtardianism. Show me a classically liberal country where that hasn’t happened.

    That’s my problem with conservatism. Even if you elected Ron Paul and turned the clock back to 1787, how long before you wind in the same place as you are now?

    Conservatives tend to see moonbats as some form of alien corruption. Far from it. They’re as much a part of American DNA as mom, apple pie and the flag. What we’re seeing now is merely the inevitable end of the American Revolution.

  3. Jim says:

    11. Protect yourself, the police will not protect you.

  4. Jim says:

    11. Protect yourself, the police will not protect you.

  5. Feet2Fire says:

    Maybe we need to focus less on LABELS and more on ETHICS.

  6. Feet2Fire says:

    Maybe we need to focus less on LABELS and more on ETHICS.

  7. Henry says:

    An old favorite:

    Political sags, such as royalist, communist,
    democrat, populist, fascist, liberal,
    conservative, and so forth — are
    never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who
    want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

    –Robert Heinlein

  8. Henry says:

    An old favorite:

    Political sags, such as royalist, communist,
    democrat, populist, fascist, liberal,
    conservative, and so forth — are
    never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who
    want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

    –Robert Heinlein

  9. Torcer says:

    My Evil Plan: Take over the world and leave everyone alone!
    [Insert maniacal laugh here]

  10. Torcer says:

    My Evil Plan: Take over the world and leave everyone alone!
    [Insert maniacal laugh here]

  11. Torcer says:

    Thanks be to Wilberforce….

    I’m jealous of where you found that.. 🙂 (not really)
    On a more serious note – take a gander at the definition of the word “Liberal”:

    Definition of liberal
    adjective
    1Willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas:
    1.1Favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
    1.2(In a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade, and moderate political and social reform: ‘a liberal democratic state’
    1.3 (Liberal) Relating to Liberals or a Liberal Party, especially (in the UK) relating to the Liberal Democrat party
    1.4 Theology Regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change.
    2 [attributive] (Of education) concerned with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training: ‘the provision of liberal adult education’
    3(Especially of an interpretation of a law) broadly construed or understood; not strictly literal
    4Given, used, or occurring in generous amounts
    4.1(Of a person) giving generously
    noun
    1A person of liberal views:
    ‘a concern among liberals about the relation of the citizen to the state’
    1.1 (Liberal) A supporter or member of a Liberal Party, especially (in the UK) a Liberal Democrat.
    Origin
    Middle English: via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man)’. The original sense was ‘suitable for a free man’, hence ‘suitable for a gentleman’ (one not tied to a trade), surviving in liberal arts. Another early sense ‘generous’ (compare with sense 4 of the adjective) gave rise to an obsolete meaning ‘free from restraint’, leading to sense 1 of the adjective (late 18th century).
    https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/liberal?

    Full Definition of LIBERAL
    1a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts ‘liberal education’
    b archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth
    2a : marked by generosity : openhanded ‘a liberal giver’
    b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way ‘a liberal meal’
    c : ample, full
    3 obsolete : lacking moral restraint : licentious
    4: not literal or strict : loose a liberal translation
    5: broad-minded; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
    6a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism
    b capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially : of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives.

    Origin of LIBERAL
    Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin liberalis suitable for a freeman, generous, from liber free; perhaps akin to Old English lēodan to grow, Greek eleutheros free
    First Known Use: 14th century
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liberal

    Now, does that sound ANYTHING like our Comrades from the National Socialist American Workers Party?

  12. Torcer says:

    Thanks be to Wilberforce….

    I’m jealous of where you found that.. 🙂 (not really)
    On a more serious note – take a gander at the definition of the word “Liberal”:

    Definition of liberal
    adjective
    1Willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; open to new ideas:
    1.1Favourable to or respectful of individual rights and freedoms
    1.2(In a political context) favouring individual liberty, free trade, and moderate political and social reform: ‘a liberal democratic state’
    1.3 (Liberal) Relating to Liberals or a Liberal Party, especially (in the UK) relating to the Liberal Democrat party
    1.4 Theology Regarding many traditional beliefs as dispensable, invalidated by modern thought, or liable to change.
    2 [attributive] (Of education) concerned with broadening a person’s general knowledge and experience, rather than with technical or professional training: ‘the provision of liberal adult education’
    3(Especially of an interpretation of a law) broadly construed or understood; not strictly literal
    4Given, used, or occurring in generous amounts
    4.1(Of a person) giving generously
    noun
    1A person of liberal views:
    ‘a concern among liberals about the relation of the citizen to the state’
    1.1 (Liberal) A supporter or member of a Liberal Party, especially (in the UK) a Liberal Democrat.
    Origin
    Middle English: via Old French from Latin liberalis, from liber ‘free (man)’. The original sense was ‘suitable for a free man’, hence ‘suitable for a gentleman’ (one not tied to a trade), surviving in liberal arts. Another early sense ‘generous’ (compare with sense 4 of the adjective) gave rise to an obsolete meaning ‘free from restraint’, leading to sense 1 of the adjective (late 18th century).
    https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/liberal?

    Full Definition of LIBERAL
    1a : of, relating to, or based on the liberal arts ‘liberal education’
    b archaic : of or befitting a man of free birth
    2a : marked by generosity : openhanded ‘a liberal giver’
    b : given or provided in a generous and openhanded way ‘a liberal meal’
    c : ample, full
    3 obsolete : lacking moral restraint : licentious
    4: not literal or strict : loose a liberal translation
    5: broad-minded; especially : not bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms
    6a : of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism
    b capitalized : of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism; especially : of or constituting a political party in the United Kingdom associated with ideals of individual especially economic freedom, greater individual participation in government, and constitutional, political, and administrative reforms designed to secure these objectives.

    Origin of LIBERAL
    Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin liberalis suitable for a freeman, generous, from liber free; perhaps akin to Old English lēodan to grow, Greek eleutheros free
    First Known Use: 14th century
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liberal

    Now, does that sound ANYTHING like our Comrades from the National Socialist American Workers Party?

  13. DJ says:

    Indeed. Your comment is pretty much the same thing Robert Bork expressed in his book Slouching Towards Gomorrah.

  14. DJ says:

    Indeed. Your comment is pretty much the same thing Robert Bork expressed in his book Slouching Towards Gomorrah.

  15. Giorgio Palmas says:

    H.L. Mencken had a great old chestnut:
    “Democracy is the pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”

  16. Giorgio Palmas says:

    H.L. Mencken had a great old chestnut:
    “Democracy is the pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.”


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