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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Classic Liberalism.....

That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise or even right.
-John Stuart Mill, On Liberty-
The classic liberal is concerned primarily with the rights of the individual.  Neo liberals has thrown this out the winder and have transformed liberalism 180 degrees.  Now, it is not a limiting principle on individual rights but a seizing of property that is them redistributed to others.  This is Marxism not liberalism.

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