Lost Language, Lost Liberalism

A review of the changes 1880-1940 to the central semantics of liberal civilization.


Classical liberal meaning
New meanings; confusions
A serious presumption of liberty, advanced by the scheme of liberal semantics; a proclivity toward reducing the governmentalization of social affairs.Government redistribution, welfarism, and interventionism generally, based on precept of overlordism; a proclivity toward augmenting the governmentalization of social affairs.

4L is authored by Daniel B. Klein, Professor of Economics, JIN Chair at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Associate Fellow of the Ratio Institute; email: dklein@gmu.edu

Quotations compiled by Ryan Daza & Daniel B. Klein