Thursday, October 15, 2009

Libertarians, the Upholders of Liberty

Klein and Briggeman explain in this article how libertarians and conservatives differ significantly in matters of sex, gambling and drugs by analyzing the contents of conservative magazines (HT Boudreaux in Cafe Hayek). As they say (italics are mine):

If a movement claims to be pro-liberty, an evaluation of the integrity of that claim must consider both what the movement says and what it fails to say. ... On the whole, the conservative magazines reveal that conservatives fail to uphold the presumption of liberty.

This investigation underscores that nowadays the menu of major public philosophies offers three options: conservatism, social democracy, and classical liberalism or libertarianism. Only the third upholds the presumption of liberty.

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