June 8, 2004

by Reb Yudel
What Reagan Got Wrong - Liberty is not the absence of government

Slate's William Saletan says that Reagan was wrong: Liberty is not the absence of government:
For too many Americans, captivity is the inability to pay bills, save money, or go to college. For too many, the local tyrant is a company or religious majority. Government can impose worse captivity or become a greater tyrant, but not with the predictability of a law of physics.

Liberty doesn't necessarily contract as government expands. Sometimes, you need more government to get more liberty.

So Reagan was wrong. In clarifying his own views, he clarified mine: I'm not a conservative. If he has done the same for you, this would be a good day to thank him.