Conservatives have no solutions, or so the story goes

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I don’t like being called a conservative. I am a classical liberal. I believe in individual liberty, free markets, a liberal education, and liberal democracy as the solutions to all of our social problems. And I am proud that these conceptual achievements are part of my cultural history. I make no excuses for my cultural heritage, and I celebrate its achievements.

But when I say I am a classical liberal, I receive blank looks and I am often confused with American liberals who are actually Democrats. So, I end up saying I am a conservative to avoid the inevitable confusion. This leads me to the most common critique of conservatives: they have no solutions, and they only point out problems.


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