Liberalism for Dummies

It’s been a while since I’ve made a posting in political philosophy. With the US election about to take place I thought it an opportune time to bang on about getting one’s terms adequately defined. It’s clear that so-called conservatives neither self-avowed liberals can give an adequate characterization of liberalism. For a sound overview of liberalism see Gerry Gaus and Shane Courtland’s entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. In any event, if you are looking for a political party to represent conservatism or liberalism – you won’t find one. Practical politics in its vulgarity is tied to vested interests and is not motivated by high level philosophical principles. And one more thing. There is as much internal diversity within ideological positions are there is fluidity between ideologies.