We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I recently stumbled upon this essay, Taking Liberty, by the one-time Clinton official William Galston. He is trying to make the case that liberals and leftists should not abandon the words "freedom" and "liberty" (which he notes that they have done). A quote:
Liberals seldom talk about Social Security or other programs in terms of freedom. But they should. George W. Bush certainly does. In his second inaugural address, Bush accepted the validity of Roosevelt's concept of Four Freedoms. But he went on to contend that in today's circumstances, his brand of conservatism--his so-called "ownership society"--offers more effective means to traditional New Deal ends: "By making every citizen an agent of his or her own destiny, we will give our fellow Americans greater freedom from want and fear." In essence, the president was saying that his solution to Social Security's fiscal problems would provide seniors with the freedom from want and fear they had come to expect, but with two additional liberties: freedom of choice, and freedom from government dependence.
I find his arguments highly debatable, particularly in the way in which he conflates personal freedoms (eg the option of retirement) with political freedom from state power and coercion. Read the whole thing.
Sure they do, Hillary said she was going to confiscate my property in order to pay for government programs. I took it as a pretty clear signal that she was not exactly a big defender of economic freedom.
The scales are beginning to fall from Galston's eyes. He's not quite there yet, but it's a darn sight better than the bulk of progressive thinkers. Honest liberals who really want the downtrodden to have better lives are still reachable.
Assistant Village Idiot