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Modern liberals are not the same as classic liberals

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A pet peeve

Classic liberalism rests on the defense of individual liberty and private property, usually with a limited government. In America today, that is called libertarianism.

Modern liberalism depends on an ever increasing government intervention to control economic activity an channel it towards worthy ends.

The two have nothing to do with one another, even though modern liberalism claims descent from classic liberalism by way of social democracy.

From my viewpoint, modern liberalism is trying to cash in on the reputation of classic liberalism in order to justify their actions, even though those same actions violate both the spirit and letter of classic liberalism

Posted: Tue - August 9, 2005 at 07:18 AM

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