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As the 19th century began, classical liberalism was the specter haunting Europe — and the world. In every advanced country the liberal movement was active. FULL ARTICLE by Ralph Raico
I am on a crusade to redeem the word “liberal.” I oppose the phrase “classical liberal” because it does not have meaning. Liberal is liberal. Any other use of the word is a misuse.
The modern American concept of liberal as being equal to central planning is a horrible turn of events and those with a totalitarian bent use it to its fullest. Those who claim the title liberal actually appeal to the power of real liberalism while supporting and instituting policies that are markedly anti-liberal.
Please join me in properly using the term liberal and opposing those who would misuse the term. We are liberals – They are not!
I have been doing this for about a year. Though I may say “classical” liberalism is true liberalism (individualism), while new/modern/”progressive” liberalism is collectivism/statism. I try to clarify so I am not misunderstood while I too am in the process of taking the word back. Its indeed odd how it has gone from individual liberty to collectivism/statism. hijacking of words is the only way that kind of mindset can get power.
“I use throughout the term ‘liberal’ in the original, nineteenth-century sense in which it is still current in Britain. In current American usage it often means very nearly the opposite of this. It has been part of the camouflage of leftish movements in this country, helped by muddleheadedness of many who really believe in liberty, that ‘liberal’ has come to mean the advocacy of almost every kind of government control.
I am still puzzled why those in the United States who truly believe in liberty should not only have allowed the left to appropriate this almost indispensable term but should even have assisted by beginning to use it themselves as a term of opprobrium. This seems to be particularly regrettable because of the consequent tendency of many true liberals to describe themselves as conservatives.”—F.A. Hayek, in the Forward to “The Road to Serfdom” (1944)
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