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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


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A 50 caliber post!


Anonymous said...

Thanks man! The Heartland Institute rocks.

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Chris said...

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Anonymous said...

Thanks Chris. This is a slow rolling blog. If you like daily content, check out Western Hero.

Chris said...


Anonymous said...

OMG Silverfiddle! Up until a minute ago I had only been to your blog Western Hero but after replying to your comment on my blog I discovered this blog, intellectual Ammo and this post about Classical Liberalism.
The irony is that my reply to your comment was all about how I call myself a Classical Liberal because today's term "liberal" is a misnomer!

We must be on the same page!
Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Journalizer: If I'm on the same page with you then I am in very good company. I love your blog.

Jay-Ney said...

I found you through the Bonsai blog. This is a dumb blog.

Anonymous said...

Jay-Nay: This is a thinking person's blog. Intellectual Ammo is not for everyone, so I won't hold your honesty against you.

Jay-Ney said...

You sound like a retard. Most Libertarians I know are retards. What kind of retard are you?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for proving my point.

TKZ said...

Great post. If knowing history and understanding politics makes you a "retard" then I'll proudly proclaim myself to be one too. It'll just be another misnomer, like Liberalism has become.

Hyphenated American said...

I think classical liberalism came from good old Brits - Locke, Hume, Adam Smith. And then the Austrian school followed them (Hayek, Mises) - I am ignoring the German Rehstaag, and many others, of course.

All in all, classical liberalism is the only consistent philosophy these days...