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Question: Which philosophy do you personally prefer?
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« on: December 22, 2011, 08:06:11 pm »
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What are the similarities and differences between these two political philosophies?

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 08:10:52 pm »
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What are the similarities and differences between these two political philosophies?

Quite simple.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011, 08:43:39 pm »
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I prefer liberalism in the American sense, but I don't care for either very much. Libertarianism disgusts me ideologically while liberalism is only mildly irritating. As for their similarities and differences, that's pretty self-evident...
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2011, 08:55:13 pm »
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Liberalism is one of the most important ideologies in the 'West' and has played a big part in shaping it, but is tricky to define even in general terms because it collapsed as a political movement nearly a hundred years ago. Libertarianism is delusional wank, about as intellectually respectable as Trotskyism and without the latter's interesting pedigree.
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2011, 09:43:39 pm »
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Thank God for this thread...it had been at least two days since liberals got to tell each other what libertarians were like.
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I believe the simple truth is that they became somewhat alarmed when they realized that I really meant to write what I believed. There is a peculiar parallel between some of our great Northern "liberals" and some of our outstanding Southern liberals.

Some of the people in both classes share the deep-seated convictions that only their convictions can possibly be the right ones. They both inevitably say the same thing: "We know the Negro and what is best for him."
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2011, 11:17:17 pm »
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Libertarian is a pretty new term compared to Liberal.

http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=libertarian%2C+liberal&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=5&smoothing=3

I wonder what the difference was 100 years ago in America. ''Liberal'' only became a dirty word since Reagan, correct? In 1910, who was a ''liberal'' and who was a ''libertarian''?


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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2011, 06:33:21 am »
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Both these ideologies' meaning differs between Europe and USA. That said, Liberalism has been, by far, a more important ideological current. It has shaped the societies of developed countries to a considerable extent.
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2011, 07:08:14 am »
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Libertarian originally meant anarchist, and it still does in much of Europe I think.
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2011, 12:05:46 pm »
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Libertarian originally meant anarchist, and it still does in much of Europe I think.

Of course, "anarchist" originally meant libertarian (as the term would imply, and therefore what most Americans still think of when they hear the word), not hyper-statism, so there you go.
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« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2011, 05:02:01 pm »
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This poll needs a "both" option.
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2011, 05:19:03 pm »
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Thank God for this thread...it had been at least two days since liberals got to tell each other what libertarians were like.

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« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2011, 08:03:36 pm »
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Don't cry little guy, there will be a better thread in a couple of days.
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I believe the simple truth is that they became somewhat alarmed when they realized that I really meant to write what I believed. There is a peculiar parallel between some of our great Northern "liberals" and some of our outstanding Southern liberals.

Some of the people in both classes share the deep-seated convictions that only their convictions can possibly be the right ones. They both inevitably say the same thing: "We know the Negro and what is best for him."
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« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2011, 08:15:24 pm »
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Define "liberal." 
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« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2011, 11:33:43 pm »
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Don't cry little guy, there will be a better thread in a couple of days.

Oh wow. I thought I was being easy on you! Surely even dead0man can take down my grade school attack with a middle school rebuttal, I thought to myself. But he resorts to "I know what you are but what am I," a pre-school classic.

I'll try to keep this in mind and just say you have cooties next time!
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« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2011, 12:29:39 am »
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I know not to worry about cooties man, I've had my shots.
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I believe the simple truth is that they became somewhat alarmed when they realized that I really meant to write what I believed. There is a peculiar parallel between some of our great Northern "liberals" and some of our outstanding Southern liberals.

Some of the people in both classes share the deep-seated convictions that only their convictions can possibly be the right ones. They both inevitably say the same thing: "We know the Negro and what is best for him."
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« Reply #15 on: December 27, 2011, 09:33:04 pm »
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This poll needs a "both" option.
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2012, 06:27:41 pm »
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Libertarian originally meant anarchist, and it still does in much of Europe I think.

Of course, "anarchist" originally meant libertarian (as the term would imply, and therefore what most Americans still think of when they hear the word), not hyper-statism, so there you go.
Never heard anyone in Europe - or anywhere else - define anarchism as hyperstatism.
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« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2012, 07:54:23 pm »
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Liberalism for me if by liberalism we mean an ideology intended to optimize actionable individual autonomy through state enforcement of social rights and by libertarianism we mean an ideology intended to maximize the potential for individual autonomy through the abolition of state.
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« Reply #18 on: March 13, 2012, 12:12:54 am »
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It depends on which type of liberalism you're referring to also. Are we talking 21st century Democrats or the founding fathers?
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« Reply #19 on: March 13, 2012, 02:51:52 pm »
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I prefer small state-Libertarianism to "progressive" social Liberalism. But I prefer economically center right "Conservative Liberalism" a la Douglas Carlswell MP to both of them.
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« Reply #20 on: March 27, 2012, 10:04:41 pm »
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Classical liberalism = libertarianism.  Modem liberals (and "conservatives") in America are hypocrites, arguing for less government but increasing it every chance they get when no one's looking
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« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2012, 05:51:14 pm »
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Classical liberalism = libertarianism.  Modem liberals (and "conservatives") in America are hypocrites, arguing for less government but increasing it every chance they get when no one's looking
Sounds like the best description.

From Europe, American liberalism is probably what we would call social-liberalism, and libertarianism is either European liberalism or something a bit more to the right of it.

I would probably identify with being social-liberal, wouldn’t mind being called (European) liberal, and would almost be offended to be called libertarian. Tongue
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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2012, 05:37:38 pm »
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It was an attempt to narrow the gap between the rich and poor with socialism, but they should have put an exempt at the end of the yr from the fine for people that are far from being well off, otherwise it is hurting the same people it is trying to help by imposing a 700$ fine.  If the poor needs the refund, and it is due to them, the gov't will attempt to collect on it from their fine.
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« Reply #23 on: April 24, 2012, 08:25:54 pm »
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I find both to be excellent philosophies that do not have to duel with one another. The dedication of both philosophies to free markets, free trade, free speech and civil liberties is well documented and work well together. That is if we are speaking of classical liberalism in the vein of Smith, Rivera and Mill and not "modern liberalism" as espoused by FDR, Robert Reich and Ed Schultz.
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« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2012, 06:39:01 pm »
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Neither. The 19th century was more libertarian than now, yet due to cultural decay combined with multiple long wars to justify larger and larger states we ended up with our current model of social democracy being the dominant ideological current. Be glad that it wasn't worse. After all, imagine if it had been national socialism or communism that won out in the 20th century.

Trying to implement libertarianism at this point wouldn't work. If you'd like a polity more libertarian in practice than current western nations, be prepared to favor reactionary notions such as limiting or abolishing the universal franchise.
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