Learn differences between two types of liberalism

2013-04-02T00:00:00Z Learn differences between two types of liberalism nwitimes.com
April 02, 2013 12:00 am

Mike Donelson of Valparaiso thinks it's easier to name great liberals than great conservatives.

He is seriously confused regarding the definition of classic liberalism and modern American liberalism.

Classic liberalism is a political belief in which the primary emphasis is placed on securing individuals' freedoms by limiting the state's power. In its economic form, it advocates respect for private property and free markets. Our Founding Fathers drew upon the wisdom and philosophy of John Locke, who promoted limited government and the principles of natural law.

Modern American liberalism has its roots in Progressivism, which historically advocates the advancement of workers' rights and social justice. During the early 20th century, Progressives tarnished their image with racism and eugenics; hence, the name change to liberalism.

Conservatives espouse the principles of classic liberalism. Modern American liberalism is a mild variation of socialism.

- Diane Hansen, Munster

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