A visit to the web site for the William Gladstone Library inspired this comment on a blog from the Library entitled Why I am a Liberal.
Contrasted with this very powerful deconstruction of the bastardisation of the Liberal viewpoint, particularly of, the importance of Individual rights in a community context.
I discovered the Gladstone Library looking for a favourite quote from Ruskin in the Viens of Wealth from his Unto this Last series of essays.
As summary Kant named these four kinds of government:
A Law And Freedom without Violence (Anarchy)
B Law And Violence without Freedom (Despotism)
C Violence without Freedom And Law (Barbarism)
D Violence with Freedom And Law (Republic)
Civic discourse and collective effort by communities are paramount to the larger enterprise. It is the structure of decision making and the referencing of stakeholder interests that is hugely important.
John Ruskin put it this way.
“The whole question, therefore, respecting not only the advantage, but even the quantity of national wealth resolves itself finally into one of abstract justice. It is impossible to conclude, of any given mass of acquired wealth, merely by the fact of its existence, whether it signifies good or evil to the nation in the midst of which it exists. Its real value depends on the moral sign attached to it, just as sternly as that of any mathematical quantity depends on the algebraical sign attached to it. Any given accumulation of commercial wealth may be indicative, on the one hand, of faithful industries, progressive energies, and productive ingenuities: or, on the other, it may be indicative of mortal luxury, merciless tyranny, ruinous chicane. Some Treasures are heavy with human tears, as an ill-stored harvest with untimely rain; and some gold is brighter in sunshine than it is in rain.” John Ruskin, from ‘The Veins of Wealth’.
Unto this last is one of my favourite collections of Essays. It is the quote from the Viens of Wealth that led me to this wonderful site and Blog.
I am an Anarchist philosophically and indeed politically but if Liberalism in the Classical sense is about the individual and Community then I am an Anarchist Liberal.
In Poem, Song and Music here are the reasons why.
Let them eat cake.
Illuminati and Gliteratti.
STFU David Cameron
Lifes Energy Stream
Baards of Wales speak out.
We are Sparticus .
Wonderful blog and more power to the free thinking liberal tradition.
Tierra Y Liberdad.