Tuesday, January 5, 2010

W.F. Buckley on Liberals

Here is William F. Buckley's definition of Liberalism as he used the term in his 1959 book, Up from Liberalism.

"They are men and women who tend to believe that the human being is perfectible and social progress predictable, and that the instrument for effecting the two is reason; that truths are transitory and empirically determined; that equality is desirable and attainable through the action of state power; that social and individual differences, if they are not rational, are objectionable, and should be scientifically eliminated; that all people and societies strive to organize themselves upon a rationalist and scientific paradigm."
Hat Tip to Rick Lobs

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