Why I believe in (Classical) LiberalismSubmitted by Silk Shirt on Fri, 04/26/2013 - 11:30
Just like most of the other members and guests of this forum I would like to live in a better world.
We all have our own opinion of what 'better' means but I would like to take the time to put forward what I think a better world would look like and why classical liberalism is the way to achieve it.
To me the most important ingredient in a happy life is freedom. I have made my fair share of mistakes with money, drinking, bad decisions etc. but having the freedom to make them and to learn from them has allowed me to develop more than if government regulation had made my mistakes impossible.
This freedom is under threat from those who would like to be able to influence by stealth in the form of laws and taxes what we are reasonably able to do.
Examples of this are as follows;
- Government taxes alcohol and tobacco in order to persuade us to reduce our intake of these goods.
- Laws are introduced in order to stop inflammatory speech (the definition of which is left to others to determine).
- Excessive regulation of businesses.
To add insult to injury we are also taxed to pay for social schemes designed to create a better society as judged by our elected leaders;
- Redistribution of wealth to others as seen fit by the government.
- Government funded schemes to promote a society envisaged by others instead of letting society develop of its own accord.
- An Education system teaching a curriculum influenced by a select few.
I know this will be a controversial point but I am not against some taxes to ensure that the less well off amongst us are provided with food and shelter and that services such as roads are funded.
It does however seem very unjust that the rewards of our labour can be taken from us to fund schemes that are deemed suitable by those in elected positions without consultation from the people who elected them.
It is also disturbing that we can have a money system that so obviously disadvantages the poor by way of inflation to the point that we seem to be fighting for breadcrumbs from the table of the banks.
Another controversial point I would like to make is to question the demonization of those that wish to remain within there own ethnic group. To my own view those who wish to continue their ethnicity are just as within their rights to do so as those who choose not to.
We are all different, that is what makes us human and it is this freedom to choose one way or another that greatly contributes to our happiness.
The answer to all these problems is classical liberalism.
Classical liberalism teaches that it is okay to be;
Gay or Straight
Religious or Agnostic
Black or White
Male or Female
Another way to look at these issues is to realise that we should all be free to do as we please as long as we do not stop others doing the same (the golden rule).
In fact I would argue that our right to live freely hinges on our ability to extend the same right to others.
We are all free people capable of making decisions, forming arguments and making discussions amongst ourselves. It is the difference of our opinions that makes life interesting and worth living.
Our ideas are under threat and in order for those of us who would like classical liberalism to succeed we must always keep the moral high ground even when we may achieve success by bending the rules.
It also means that we should strive to be more tolerant of others ideas even when they are intolerant of ours. If we are then you can be sure that those with neutral views will take notice of our stance and join us.
If we ever fall for the trick of cheating or lying to try to get our views greater exposure then all we will succeed in doing is to become a false, hypocritical movement like all the others that currently dominate politics.
Things are turning in our favour, this cannot be doubted. It will be up to all of us to do what we can in our lives to share our knowledge with others so that we can succeed in gaining liberty for all.