I’m Nate Nelson, an undergraduate student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (the town I lovingly call the Rust Belt Berkeley). I’m a Republican by party and a classical liberal by ideology. What’s a classical liberal, you say? Well, I don’t know that there’s one absolute definiton. For me, being a classical liberal means that I am fiscally conservative, socially libertarian, and a realist when it comes to matters of foreign policy.
Classical liberalism shouldn’t be confused with modern liberalism; actually, a classical liberal is far closer to conservative and libertarian thought than to modern liberalism. With conservatives, a classical liberal shares a passion for limited government, reduced spending, low taxes, free markets, and time-honored national traditions. Libertarians and classical liberals have in common a live and let live philosophy regarding social issues, with a healthy respect for individual freedom and a corresponding personal responsibility. In matters of foreign policy, classical liberals take a realist approach — which is to say that we believe in a strong but restrained foreign policy that is concerned primarily with the American national interest.
I can’t emphasize this enough. For the love of God, don’t call me a “moderate” or a “centrist.” There will be blood.
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