Some notes on modern liberalism

A traditionally classical liberalism:

A. Acknowledges the value of individual lives, but:

[modern liberalism devalues individual lives by violating individual rights and by treating citizens as fungible elements of economic, social or political classes]

B. Honour the sovereignty, agency, autonomy and freedom of human beings.

[modern liberalism curtails individual freedom of choice and action, substitutes regulation and dependency for autonomy and freedom, and overrides personal sovereignty]

C. Honour the freedom to consent and to not consent that defines social cooperation.

[modern liberalism devalues voluntary cooperation in favour of government coercion and invalidates freely made contractual agreements]

D. Recognise the right to be left alone as a foundation right to individual liberty.
[by invading every aspect of his life, modern liberalism’s endless taxes and regulations violate the right of every citizen to be left alone]

E. Earn a living through self-reliance and voluntary exchange with others.

[modern liberalism’s philosophy of dependency coupled with business regulations, licensure requirement, wage laws and union rules discourage and even preclude self-reliance and voluntary exchange]

F. Honour the liberty rights and obligations that protect people, property and promises.

[modern liberalism’s policies invalidate promises, violate property rights, indenture the citizen’s labour, and override contracts in accordance with the state’s latest pronouncements on social justice]

G. Relate with honesty and integrity to other persons who can react similarly.

[modern liberalism’s social justice programmes institutionalise theft and invite manipulation. Its ideals of indulgence and permissiveness undermine the integrity of the people]

H. Treat others with decency, courtesy, civility and thoughtfulness.

[modern liberalism promotes hostility, vulgarity, rudeness and defiance as justified rebellion against imaginary oppression, discrimination and exploitation]

I. Take care of children, the elderly and the chronically ill or disadvantaged.

[modern liberalism undermines the family, the institution best able to rear children and care for the elderly. Its welfare programmes preempt charitable activities and community altruism through government welfare programmes]

J. Aspire to the Western ideal of individuated man; the self-reliant, self-directing and freely choosing but ethical, moral and charitable individual who cooperates with others by mutual consent in a society ruled by law.

[modern liberalism promotes the collectivised man; the self-effacing, government-dependent and government supervised man. It seeks a government administered welfare state regulated by ruling elites and supported by indentured workers. Morality in this utopia is adjusted to the appetites of the moment. Gratification of need, not the rule of law, is the controlling ideal]

K. Act effectively and legitimately under the rule of law, act freely because coercion is prohibited, act cooperatively because consent is voluntary, and act mutually by respecting the rights of others.

[the politics of modern liberalism render individual action less effective because it is disempowered by the state, illegitimate because it is condemned by the state, unfree because it is coerced by the state, and less mutual because it is depersonalised by the state]

J. Accommodate the realities of human nature and the human condition; the moralities and obligation and aspiration; the negative rights that define liberty and justice; and the reciprocal interactions of the competent individual, competent family and competent society.

[Modern liberalism ignores the realities of human nature and the human condition; degrades the moralities of obligation and aspiration; undermines the competence of the individual, family and society; and invites childlike subservience to the state]

(notes from ‘The Liberal Mind’ – ISBN -13: 978-0977956319)


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