Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and a tale of two Constitutions


The “libertarian” Constitution endorses what can be called negative liberty. This notion embodies the view that limiting how governments can interfere with individuals will allow people to choose for themselves how to behave, and to pursue happiness in their own way.

The “progressive” Constitution, in contrast, focuses on what can be called positive liberty. Positive liberty views government as an enabler, not an obstacle, of freedom. Under this approach, the state is charged with ensuring that people have certain social securities. With these programs (don’t call them entitlements), the people can enjoy their pursuit of happiness. This reflects an inversion of the libertarian-Jeffersonian view of the Declaration of Independence.

Anyone else ready to get the government out of every corner of their lives?

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