November 16, 2005

Liberalism

I am a Liberal. I used to be a Liberal-ish Republican (yes, they do exist- or did before the retarded monkey king became president). I am not, however, a democrat. I am non-partisan in my contempt for politicians.

Anyway, it seems most people (neo-cons) can't tell a liberal from a screaming commie pinko lefty anymore then then can tell the difference between science and mythology.

So to help y'all out. Liberalism (thanks to Robis from the Atheist Network for the linkage. )

A taste:

Liberalism can be understood as (1) a political tradition (2) a political philosophy and (3) a general philosophical theory, encompassing a theory of value, a conception of the person and a moral theory as well as a political philosophy. As a political tradition liberalism has varied in different countries. In England — in many ways the birthplace of liberalism — the liberal tradition in politics has centred on religious toleration, government by consent, personal and, especially, economic freedom. In France liberalism has been more closely associated with secularism and democracy. In the United States liberals often combine a devotion to personal liberty with an antipathy to capitalism, while the liberalism of Australia tends to be much more sympathetic to capitalism but often less enthusiastic about civil liberties. To understand this diversity in political traditions, we need to examine liberalism as a political theory and as a general philosophy. These latter two are the concerns of this essay.