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Classical Liberalism

If you want freedom, you can't deny it to others. If you want to be respected, trusted, and treated like an adult, you have to respect and trust others. In 1859, in his seminal work On Liberty, the English philosopher John Stuart Mill wrote: The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good [...]

This entry is another from my "tough conversations with the opposition" series. The only thing that's turned out to be "tough" about these conversations is getting past my initial doubt—all hypothetical, all "in my head"—that we'll be able to connect at all. I am finding that I have much more in common with these folks that [...]

Since the election, I've been putting effort into having conversations with people from the opposite side of the political spectrum. These conversations—whether they happen via phone, in-person, text or email—have been helpful. I'm clarifying my thoughts, finding common ground, revising my opinions and questioning my assumptions. I wanted to post some excerpts here for two reasons: [...]

If you're for free speech, tolerance and liberal values, you can't pick and choose. Any freedom of expression that you take away from someone you disagree with, you also take away from yourself. That's how it works. As liberals, our plan over the next four years should be to double down on ensuring that conservative [...]

Warren Buffet gives me hope in capitalism. Buffett is undeniably one of the greatest business philosophers in history. He is also widely considered to be the most successful investor of the 20th century, with an estimated net worth of $66.4 billion, 99% of which he's pledged to philanthropic causes. And I haven't been able to shake something [...]