WHAT IS CLASSICAL LIBERALISM

CLASSICAL LIBERALISM is a political ideology and branch of liberalism that advocates civil liberties under the law with an emphasis on economic freedom. It draws on classical economics and on a belief in natural law, progress and utilitarianism (consequentialism) which states the consequences of any action are the only standard of right and wrong, and considers the interests of all humans equally.

The basics of classical liberalism can be found in the writings of Frederic Bastiat who championed free trade and believed governments possessed no legitimate power beyond those people have individually. Bastiat was elected to the national legislative assembly soon after the French Revolution of 1848.

WHAT IS FASCISM?

FASCISM is a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nationalism and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.


1. Fascism – a. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. b. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government. 2. Oppressive, dictatorial control.