Friday, June 20, 2014

The Washington Monthly: Opinion: Moshe Z. Marvit: A Liberal's Call to Real Liberty

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The Washington Monthly: Opinion: Moshe Z. Marvit: a Progressive's Call to Real Liberty

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

So President Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms were a Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Speech, civil liberties and Freedom from Want. Hum that is very interesting especially since The Roosevelt Administration essentially inspired the George W. Bush Administration in their call for reduced liberty for more security with the Patriot Act, government spying, indefinite detention and you can go down the line. But compared to locking up ethnic German, Italian and Japanese-Americans during World War II. Because the Roosevelt Administration believed these Americans were loyal to their mother countries. Germany, Italy and Japan the countries we fought during World War II. The Bush's look mainstream.

I could write a whole blog on why President Franklin Roosevelt wasn't a liberal. Simply based on his big government superstate beliefs when it came to civil liberties and the personal affairs of Americans. He also had a tendency to believe that Congress wasn't much more than an annoyance and that he didn't need them to make decisions on his own and went around them as often as he could get away with it. The Senate stopped him at least temporarily with the court-packing scheme.

As far as Freedom from Want. What do you mean by that? The freedom to not have to make your own decisions and manage your own affairs? The freedom to not earn a good living and be economic independent because Uncle Sam is going to take care of you for you with high taxes and a boat load of welfare programs? A big part of being a free American is the Right of Self-Determination. The ability for one to chart their own course in life and make the best of their life that they can. Since they are responsible for the good and bad that happens in their lives.

Forget about the Four Freedoms and then just look at the U.S. Constitution. Because that is really all we need to be able to live well in America just as long as the Constitution is enforced properly by government and enforced equally as well. And then I would add just one more that which would be the right to a good education however you want to phrase that. Because no one is free unless they have the education and tools they need to be able to govern themselves well and aren't hurting innocent people.

The only free society is an educated society. Once you have an educated society you at the very least have the potential to create a free society if you are not already free. Because you have the people that you need to build that economy that expands economic freedom for everyone. Individuals managing their own economic and personal affairs with everyone contributing to that. With the personal freedom and civil liberties as well that are also needed to live in that free society. 

The Nation: Opinion: Robert Borosage: Time to Stand up For a More Perfect Union


The Nation: Opinion: Robert Borosage: Time to Stand Up For a More Perfect Union

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I didn't see much from Robert Borosage about as far as how to build this movement to "build that more perfect union". And what exactly what that would look like and what policies should be developed to make that happen. So what I'm going to do as a Liberal and not as a Socialist or Progressive is layout what a more perfect union would look like in a liberal democratic society like America.

One of the areas that liberal New Democrats and I'm one of them disagree with the old FDR Progressives and today's Bernie Sanders Socialists is what should be the goal and role for government in Americans when it comes to the quality of Americans lives. Lets say today's Progressives or Socialists (to be more accurate) believe in equality and that government should be so big and having so much authority to take care of people and make sure that no one has too little or too much.

Liberals believe in freedom pure and simple that an educated society is a free and developed society. Because an educated society has the tools that they need to live well and live in freedom. As the great libertarian Economist Milton Friedman said "you can't have equality without freedom". That for people to get everything that they can have succeed as much as possible they have to be free. And you become free by having a good education with the tools that allow for you to get that good job and the ability to make the decisions that you need to make to live well.

Today's Progressives or Socialists would say that "freedom is risky or dangerous. And when you allow for people to have so much freedom over their own lives you give them the freedom to make mistakes that we as a society as a whole will end up having to pay for down the road. So what you need is government that is so big that it keeps people at the top who live in freedom from having so much and takes a lot of their freedom away in the form of money to take care of everyone else".

And this is really the two competing visions in the Democratic Party right now and not just as it relates to the economy, but personal affairs as well. The differences between freedom and individual decision-making from the JFK/Bill Clinton New Democrats. Versus the Bernie Sanders socialist wing of the party that trusts government over people and business's and puts their faith in government to make the best decisions for everyone involved.