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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Defending Classical Liberalism

Check out my latest at the Partial Observer, where I add to a previous column about Gresham Machen and Frank Zappa. Excerpt:
A pluralist society, a society where a Zappa and a Machen can co-exist while retaining their own values, is one in which the primary interest of each group is peaceful co-existence with all the others. If no one can dominate, the best everyone should strive for is to come to the common rules by which everyone could live together in peace.

This is what used to be called liberalism. It was the best defense of the right traditional, ethnic, religious communities to exist, and also of the right of individuals to break free from such communities if they so desired.

Today, this philosophy is called "classical liberalism."

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