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I Used To Be A Left Wing Liberal

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When I was in college I was a left wing liberal. I have not changed my political and economic viewpoints one iota but I am no longer a liberal today. How could that be? If I am no longer a liberal it must be because I have changed into a right winger or a conservative or something, right? Not so fast. When I was a liberal:

  • Liberals were avid anti-war and pro-peace and they expressed those sentiments with marches and protests in the street and on college campuses across the US

  • Liberals were against all forms of nuclear weapons proliferation

  • Liberals were opposed to interfering in the affairs of sovereign nations whether they agreed with the US or not

  • Liberals supported working class people and the unions that made a decent middle class life possible for millions of Americans

  • Liberals supported progressive taxation that more evenly spread the burden of the cost of government across all income levels

  • Liberals supported public education

  • Liberals supported Social Security

  • Liberal opposed oligarchies and monopolies

  • Liberals embraced the Bill of Rights

  • Liberals supported free speech

  • Liberals opposed invasion of privacy

  • Liberals supported equal rights for everyone no matter in which nation they lived

  • Liberals supported community policing and opposed militarized police tactics

  • Liberals supported habeas corpus

  • Liberals promoted non-violence

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Forty years practicing economist. Degree from Antioch College in 1976, studied in Universite de Montpellier, France and high school in Somerset, England for four years. Diehard progressive, true leftist, anti-warmonger, market-socialist. (more...)

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