It is a popular argument among the “classical” liberals that theirs is the correct strain of liberal thought, that the popular leftism of today has deviated too far from its roots and is no longer viable.
The classical liberal types argue that their differences in application of liberal ideals are profound; we argue that they are superficial.
That is why, in this short article, we will compare the modern liberal’s infamous “Life Of Julia” with the classical liberal’s threadbare “Free Market.”
Both expect the actions of disconnected elites to positively impact the lives of people not directly connected with said elites a priori.
- The Life of Julia asserts that well-meaning government edicts will definitely empower and improve the lives of others.
- The Free Market asserts that well-meaning market forces will definitely empower and improve the lives of others.
Both sides will generally argue that the existence of a Free Market/Benign Government has no impact whatsoever on the “liberty” and “freedom” of the parties involved. Some will even suggest that their indirect involvement will augment said freedom/liberty.
Both sides tend to become aggravated when someone (correctly) points out that such social constructs only serve to alienate and atomize human actors as well as empower a disconnected bureaucracy.
Both sides deny that hiding the inevitability of hierarchy between unequal actors only serves to promote a system of paralyzed and miserable sheep. Whether these sheep worship a welfare check or constitution is ultimately immaterial; the ends are the same. Neither side likes being shown the hierarchy hidden within their ideal.
Both sides write off explicit hierarchy as brutality and evil. Similarly, both sides have a difficult time explaining what has caused the decline of Western family, neighborhood, and society as a whole. Their typical answer is that liberalism hasn’t been implemented correctly. We need to tweak freedom and liberty some more.
Both sides believe they can achieve equal results with unequal actors as long as the people with agency keep their actions quiet enough.
It is illustrative of our fall that a blatantly-predatory system like pure capitalism and the free market is being promulgated as morally-superior. Of course, with the system of Julia’s benign serfdom making everything in this world so cheap, a system that values a man entirely based on the contents of his wallet can indeed seem the better answer.
We argue that, whether it’s an apathetic serfdom of government or of merchant, the end result will always be a broken home.