The Apollo Project
Liberal Ideas for the 21st Century
Saturday, January 14, 2006
The leadership quiz
by Peter

One of the themes of this election is the combination of different strand of liberalism

1. Which of the leadership candidates is most likely to say this?

The fundamental issue is how to reconcile a dynamic economy and the liberating effects of individual economic freedom with the objective of an inclusive society, recognizing that totally free markets will not achieve that end. This is not a new issue and we are not the first generation to consider it. It intrigued John Stuart Mill and John Maynard Keynes. Its philosophical and political implications were explored by Karl Popper, its economics explored in depth by James Meade. It is a theme frequently present in the writings of Paul Krugman, Samuel Brittan and Ralf Dahrendorf. And in the world of practical politics it found its first expression acrosss Europe in the social insurance schemes and urban improvements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and in Britain in the liberal welfare reforms of 1906-14 and in Lloyd George's budget of 1909. From the rigorous but limited principles of Gladstonianism, a liberal tradition has been in a continual process of development, even if not always overtly called by that name, and even if political liberals were often forced into alliance with purely conservative forces. The precise policies pursued need continual fine-tuning to meet changing economic realtiy. But the core philospohy does not need a new name because it exists already. It is called liberalism.

2. This sounds like Steve Travis, but is not. Who wrote it?
posted by Peter Pigeon @ 12:14 am  
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"What is Liberalism?: I should say it means the acknowledgment in practical life of the truth that men are best governed who govern themselves; that the general sense of mankind, if left alone, will make for righteousness; that artificial privileges and restraints upon freedom, so far as they are not required in the interests of the community, are hurtful; and that the laws, while, of course, they cannot equalise conditions, can at least avoid aggravating inequalities, and ought to have for their object the securing to every man the best chance he can have of a good and useful life." C-B.


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