Is Classical Liberalism Making a Comeback?
In considering the future of liberalism, many pundits discuss how social liberties will evolve over time and if the United States will become as progressive as Europe, with liberal trade policies and socialized medicine. Classical liberalism is rarely part of this conversation, but it should be; according to many political analysts, it’s making a comeback.
The Libertarian Party
Some studies suggest that the Libertarian Party is the fastest growing political party in the United States, particularly among younger voters. The modern Libertarian Party (or Right-Libertarian Party, not to be confused with anti-state socialists) is closely aligned with Classical Liberal ideology and the concepts of laissez-faire capitalism, minimal government intervention, and broad civil liberties. Americans are turning to the Libertarian Party as an alternative to the Republican and Democratic Parties, which seem to be in crisis, and as a result, the future of liberalism may look different than we think.
Classical Liberalism: Returning to America’s Roots
Because Classical Liberalism was such an important part of this nation’s founding, its ideology resonates with voters who favor a return to simplicity and America’s political roots. Government spending by Republican and Democrat lawmakers on social programs, unnecessary wars, and intensive monitoring of businesses and individuals has created a debt problem and national culture that doesn’t represent the values of a Classical Liberal or Libertarian. It’s too soon to say if Classical Liberalism will make strong comeback, but one thing’s for sure: the future of liberalism is up in the air after years of political division and frustration by the American people.
Future of the Party
Since the Libertarian Party is growing, and with it, the number of Americans adhering to Classical Liberal ideology, it’s possible that our country will look very different in the future, with broad civil liberties for all, fewer government-facilitated services, and a federal government that will diminish in size as its tax revenue shrinks. For some Americans, this is the ideal future for our country: a small government serving citizens who have economic power and personal liberty to pursue their goals.