John Stossel on being a libertarian

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    I just found this article on RCP, thought I'd share it here. Stossel has a way of simplifying matters to core truth that I always enjoy. Here he talks about, among other things, the lost meaning of the word liberal, the paradox in the word conservative, and the misunderstood meaning of libertarian.

    From the column:

    "...libertarians want government to leave people alone -- in both the economic and personal spheres. Leave us free to pursue our hopes and dreams, as long as we don't hurt anybody else.

    "Ironically, that used to be called "liberal," which has the same root as "liberty." Several hundred years ago, liberalism was a reaction against the stifling rules imposed by aristocracy and established religion.

    "I wish I could call myself 'liberal' now. But the word has been turned on its head. It now means health police, high taxes, speech codes and so forth."

    I never thought I'd say this, but, I miss liberals.

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    That's a great article.
     

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