Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Before Modern Collectivism: The Rise and Fall of Classical Liberalism

Richard Ebeling emails:

Dear Bob,

I was in Denver, Colorado this past weekend delivering a talk on, "Before Modern Collectivism: The Rise and Fall of Classical Liberalism."

I have posted the finished text on Northwood University's blog site, "In Defense of Capitalism & Human Progress." I thought you might find it of interest, and here is the link:
I explain the development of the classical liberal ideal of individual liberty, free markets, and limited government, and the liberal agenda of freedom in the 19th century. 

I then go on to explain the rise of the counter-revolution of reactionary collectivism that falsely promised a higher and better freedom than liberal individualism, and why its premises were both dangerous and destructive in the 20th century.

And I suggest the course of action we must follow if we are to bring about a return to the classical liberal principles of individual rights, private property and the voluntary society.
All best wishes,

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