This is an excellent, must read, authoritative article of clarification and insight. It is a powerful rebuttal to an attack by contemporary collectivists and proponents of centralized statist government action and control during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the author uses the term “liberalism,” he is describing “the signature philosophy of Western Civilization,” the idea of individual liberty, natural inalienable rights, limiting government, free markets and private property, freedom of speech and press, freedom of association and religion, and free trade and international commerce.
Today this political philosophy is described as “classical liberalism, real liberalism, or libertarianism.” It is NOT the destructive “modern liberalism” of the Clintons, Obamas, or Bidens that he is describing.
For additional historic reference and context, here is an article which traces the roots of liberalism and how tragically the original ideas have been corrupted and totally distorted.
The colleague of mine who originally sent me this article has some very cogent comments:
Interesting history of political thought piece from AIER via FFF newsletter today. Contra claim “there is no libertarianism during a pandemic”.
Calls out this claim as plainly ahistorical. Who knows mainly how converse is true and classical liberal radicalism was propelled by the plague factor.
As a teaser much of the liberal economic program was outlined in prototype by the rebels of the Peasants Revolt. From what I recall they were protesting on the backend of the Black Plague era attempts by the English aristocracy to restore the economic status quo ante. This would seem to be a major contra-indicator to the TINLDAP hypothesis.
UPDATE: For those curious readers puzzled by my colleague’s reference to “the TINLDAP hypothesis,” it stands for “There Is No Libertarianism During A Pandemic”. Robert Heinlein and Milton Friedman would be proud.8:27 am on May 30, 2020 Email Charles Burris