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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Classical Liberalism (It's a Good Thing)

The objective of classical liberals is to free as many people as possible from the tyranny of others. Classical liberals believe this requires replacing public policies that limit individual freedom with policies that respect and expand individual rights and autonomy.
Modern classical liberalism, sometimes called the “freedom philosophy,” was articulated by prominent economists and political philosophers beginning in the 1930s and 1940s. That group included Gary Becker, Aaron Director, Milton Friedman, Baldy Harper, Friedrich Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Frank Knight, Frank S. Meyer, Ludwig von Mises, Leonard Read, and George Stigler. (Source:  Joseph L. Bast, Heartland Institute)
Classical Liberalism vs. Statism
Classical Liberalism is best contrasted with its antithesis:  Statism.  Statism can take many forms: Democratic, totalitarian, monarchic, left, right, or centrist.

Classical Liberalism is: Free market capitalism vs. crony capitalism; A free people protected by a limited government vs. an unlimited government controlling every aspect of the peoples' lives.

Modern Day Liberals are Not Classical Liberals
There is no one more illiberal than a modern day liberal.  Today's liberals are rigid doctrinaires, clinging to Orthodoxy Which Shall Not Be Questioned.  There would be nothing wrong with this if they didn't hijack the government to impose this orthodoxy on us all, snuffing our liberty in the process.

Conservatives who want to use the coercive power of government to impose their morality on others make the same mistake.  The right answer is to stand for the constitution that protects the rights of all.

You are a True Classical Liberal...
...If you believe in limited government and believe people have the God-given right to liberty and freedom, even freedom to fail.

Further Reading
NCPA - What is Classical Liberalism?
Rockwell - American Classical Liberalism
Google Search: Classical Liberalism

Friday, September 11, 2009

Read These Books Now!

It's a left-right battle, and information is the ammo!

If you want to arm yourself up for liberal-conservative battle, there are literally hundreds of books you could read. If you're like me, you just don't have that kind of time.

Herewith I humbly commend to you four books that will get you up to speed in the minimum amount of time while giving you the maximum amount of essential history and critical information.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dr. Thomas Sowell

Dr. Sowell is a brilliant conservative scholar and thinker. I look forward to each new column from him as I would words of wisdom from a wise uncle.

He has also written many well-researched, scholarly books. Most are for the more advanced student, but don't be discouraged!  He is an excellent teacher who explains advanced concepts in an understandable way.  His books are well worth the effort.  If you're still scared of big books, take his wisdom in smaller bites by reading his columns.


Among the many excellent books Dr. Sowell has written, Vision of the Anointed and The Quest For Cosmic Justice explain how liberal intellectual pointy-heads have gotten us to the social and fiscal mess we now find ourselves in. Read these books and you will never again be sucked in by politicians promising "solutions."