"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
The unwillingness of the Left to study their own intellectual history never ceases to amaze me. As a conservative, I'm really interested in conservative intellectual history, but man, for some reason pre-1950 no liberal wants to talk about it. Go read Dewey's "The Future of Liberalism", where he is very explicit about the fact that he is changing "Liberalism" into a new creation from the "old liberalism" (which was bad, and let people run around free doing whatever they wanted and therefore failing) and the "New Liberalism" (which was good because it involved direction by experts so that people would be provided for and kept from making self-destructive decisions). He very deliberately and explicitly took the Liberalism of the 18th and 19th Centuries, which was built around negative rights, and flipped it on its head.
Why do you think that the Liberal Party in Britain was the one that went around preaching free trade and all that?
That is false. For example, in Europe conservatism has typically been the famous "Throne and Church" model, whose premises I reject. In the U.S., Conservatism has been dedicated (generally) to preserving the Classic Liberalism of our Founding, while modern liberalism (formerly and sometimes now as well Progressivism) has been dedicated (generally) to arguing that Classic Liberalism is inadequate because it lacks a strong central guiding competent authority.I can understand why you think that way since you think conservatism = all good and liberalism = all bad.
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