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?