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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

What is "Liberal"?

I guess when I label my friend in the posts below a "liberal", it is in the modern sense of the term, as historically incorrect as the label has become.

The modern liberal actively seeks government power, growth and control rather than personal responsibility and self-empowerment. He wants the government to redistribute wealth for community retirement, community health care, community employment and other resources communally. I guess with all of this communal "sharing", we have to call them communists (small C). In the historical sense, many have written that George Bush is not a "conservative" at all with his growth of the federal goverment and fiscal irresponsibility. But would his opponents shrink federal government's size, intrusions and spending?

Economist Don Boudreaux of Cafe Hayek writes the following:

Each of the three economists applauded by Jeffrey Hart as central to modern conservatism ("The Burke Habit," Dec. 27) - F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman - rejected conservatism. Hayek closed his great book The Constitution of Liberty with a chapter entitled "Why I Am Not a Conservative." Mises's political manifesto is his book Liberalism. And Friedman explains in Capitalism and Freedom why he is a liberal, in the proper sense of the term.

True liberalism is not the rule-of-elites orthodoxy that in today's English-speaking world calls itself 'liberal.' Instead, it - and not conservatism - grows from the principled understanding that, as Friedman explains, "an extension of freedom [is] the most effective way to promote welfare and equality."

I am a former new liberal who is becoming a classical liberal. The key is liberty.

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