When I tell friends (and mostly new acquaintances) that I am a “Liberal” they are usually shocked. I usually hear somebody mumble “get a rope.” So, I am quick to explain:
You see, I am a “classical” liberal (just like Thomas Jefferson and Adam Smith)–i.e. the small government, individual liberty guys. This is just the opposite of what the term has become nowadays–“liberals” are the tax and spend, big government people.
The next question us usually, “What happened?” My answer is usually, the socialists stole the term. This article is much more detailed and much better explained. Enjoy. — jtl, 419
Since its emergence in the 19th century, classical liberalism has principally advocated that every individual has the natural rights to life, liberty, and property, and that the function of government is to protect these rights. As the result of their belief in…
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