Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 7: Conclusion: What’s Your View?
In his conclusion to the series “Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism,” Dr. Nigel Ashford asks: What do you think the role of government should be? How do you decide what government should or shouldn’t do? What’s your philosophy?
What do you believe?
- Anarchy: there is no role for government.
- Minimal government, or minarchy: government should provide an army, police, and courts, but nothing else.
- Social market economy: government has a responsibility for helping the poorest in society and providing a basic welfare state.
- Non–classical liberal views: it’s the role of the government to promote a virtuous society (conservatism), to create equality (leftist), to own or control all aspects of the economy (socialism), or to control every aspect of life (totalitarianism, communism, and fascism).