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    I am a London based, 30-something PhD student, writing on Politics, Current Affairs and International Relations from a classical liberal perspective.
     
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    What are you getting your PHD in?
     
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    Welcome to the board from a quasi-classical liberal who once lived in London and considered getting a Ph.D. but was too lazy to do so.
     
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    I'll be interested in reading some of what you write. If for no other reason then to see if you and I share the same definition of 'classical liberal'.
     
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    writing from the perspective of classic liberal ?...that sounds rather narrow and limiting
     
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    Facts and the truth usually are. Now if he would have said progressive politics, why the amount of fiction is infinite.
     
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    I define myself as more classical liberal than anything else, and I would also appreciate knowing if your definition of classical liberal is similar to mine.

    To the member who described 'classical liberal' as sounding rather narrow and limiting, in my opinion it is anything but that.
     
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    Hello scottpgreen - Welcome to the playground. Even though you called yourself a liberal, you're still welcome here... If you get that PhD, please come to America and try to get our political house in order here. I think we can use any kind of help we can get. Actually, I'm beginning to wonder if I shouldn't leave the colonies, return to England, say I'm sorry and beg for forgiveness. Would the Queen take me back? It's been a long time since that nasty stuff in 1776.

    Is the Brahma Tea and Coffee Museum opened back up for business yet? They were remodeling until the summer of 2009. I want to order some more tea for my wife from there.

    I'm rambling. Again, welcome. Take your hat off and sit a spell. Tell us what's on your mind.
     
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    Well no, he didn't exactly call himself anything--he only expressed where his emphasis was in his studies.

    But Classical Liberal is not 'liberal' in any sense as most Americans define liberal.
     
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    Hey guys, thanks for the responses.....

    I guess there's a conservative tilt to this board then, lol!

    Not to worry. By 'classical' liberal I mean classical English liberalism. It combines a robust empiricism with a jealous regard for freedom, a healthy scepticism, and a deep and abiding suspicion of the state.

    It is rooted in the centuries old tradition of English liberty, but its modern formulation begins with the Whigs. And so that is the tradition I come out of. The one that gave us modern, limited government and checks on the power of the state. I'm what you might call a nineteenth century liberal in the John Stuart Mill tradition.

    It's much closer to your founding tradition than what you understand by the term 'liberal' today.
     
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