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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Rationalism, Pluralism, and Friedrich Hayek's History of Liberal Thought": Libertarianism vs Liberalism



When I think about economists and philosophers like Milton Freidman and Friedrich Hayak who were considered Classical Liberals. As a Classical Liberal myself I have a problem with these two men. As far as them being called "Classical Liberals", who I have a lot of respect for. Their beliefs in Individual Liberty and their feelings against Big Government and thats all Big Government. Because when I here these people speak, I here a lot of libertarian thoughts and beliefs from them not liberal. And even though they are just similar like in the way that I just mentioned. They are different and I'll explain, if your a liberal such as myself not a libertarian or socialist. Your a believer in Individual Liberty and Liberal Democracy, which means people have the right to live their own lives as they see fit. Again as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom and if your a libertarian. Especially a Classical Libertarian like Ron Paul and not a Liberal Libertarian like Gary Johnson, again those labels are different things as well. Your basically Anti Government, you think government is not only incompetent, that perhaps it shouldn't even be doing things. Like running prisons, and handling Law Enforcement and that it should be limited to almost nothing other then. National Security, Foreign Policy, currency and maybe Law Enforcement. And perhaps like in Ron Paul's and Milton Friedman's case, enforcing Anti Monopoly Laws.

Liberals aren't Anti Government, we are Anti Big Government and Pro Limited Government and these things are different. Lay out what government should be doing. Based on what its good at, does better then the Private Sector or something only government is capable of doing. Like National Security, Law Enforcement, Foreign Affairs and a few other things. To use as an examples and don't create a new Government Agency or raise new taxes. Just because you have a new idea for the Public Good but weigh it to whether government should be doing that or not. Based on the conditions I just laid out and the Constitutionality of the proposed new program or not. Thats what Limited Government is about, its not about being Anti Government but Pro Limited Government. Liberals and libertarians as well as Classical Conservatives all believe in Individual Liberty and Maximize Freedom. And we are anti collectivism but one difference being, that liberals and Classical Conservatives. Believe that government should step in when individuals abuse innocent people with their liberty. To stop those actions and punish them, there are libertarians that don't even want government to do that.

I have a lot of respect for libertarianism in the sense that they are Anti Big Government but I have more respect for libertarians. Who are Anti Big Government but not Anti Government and there's a difference there. But I don't see libertarianism as "Classical Liberalism" but as a separate Political Ideology. Thats farther to the left of liberalism not right because of how Anti Government libertarians tend to be.