By: Les Carpenter III
Rational Nation USA
All political movements start with a cause. That is to say they have a purpose and an agenda which the supporters of the cause believe will make their society a better place to live. History has shown that societies with the most intrusive and leviathan governments are the least effective and restrict the liberties of individuals too the greatest degree.
The classical liberals, whose philosophy of governance was anchored in the Enlightenment and The Age of Reason, believed in maximum liberty for the individual. They were wary of government, believing it was as much a force for evil as good. Classical Liberalism was about the individual, the rights of the individual, and the belief that the individual was not a vassal of the state, but rather should be the master of the state, limiting it's interference in the lives of the people.
I have been accused of not being able to recognize liberty or individualism if it bit me in the ass. From a proud progressive collectivist of course. Anyone wishing to read TAO's comment in full can do so here. In fact if one would like to read his recent rebuttal to my "From Classical Liberalism To Progressive Collectivism" you can find it at Corrupting Conservatives , I warn you though it is more of the same convoluted logic and fluff from the progressive collectivist right. Still it is good to know the mind of one's adversaries.
Conservatives, Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley conservatives and Libertarians are the first to defend the principals upon which this nation was founded. For to be a conservative or Libertarian in the modern world in deed as well as in name is to recognize that liberty can only be realized when people are as free as possible to determine their own course with limited government interference. The classical liberals understood this and gave their lives to create a country built on these principals. A true conservative and Libertarian understands, admires, and respects the principals of classical liberalism.
The modern day liberal, or as my earlier article more accurately identifies as progressive collectivists, would be the first to deny the individuals pre eminence above the state and therefore are nothing more than obstacles to liberty. The modern day liberal, or progressive collectivist, simply fails to understand that Leviathan government and the nanny state are not compatible with liberty. Their motivation, the byline of this article, is simply this. Control. The progressive collectivists wishes to control society through big government and its regulatory tentacles thereby limiting liberty to that which Leviathan decides we are entitled to. Welcome back pre 18th century political thought, compliments of the progressive collectivists.
A side note, our friend TAO, I use the term friend loosely and with sarcasm here, seems to enjoy referencing the fact our founding fathers had slaves. This is certainly true of early America, as it would be for most civilization at one time in world history. It is also true that the blacks of Africa sold their own brothers and sisters into slavery. As reprehensible, disgusting, and bigoted as the slave trade was it is because of our founding documents, and the efforts a later generation of classical liberals we eliminated the practice. I shall leave further comment to perhaps a future article.
Suffice it to say TAO is race baiting. The reality is that he and his fellow progressive collectivists will work to ensure that everyone loses liberty equally and the Leviathan government will be the arbiter of the scope and depth of the loss.