Difference of opinion in a free society
I instinctively feel my political views rooted in the liberal tradition, in matters of both politics and economics. I identify with historic liberal politics, and in most countries would support a party clearly identified as liberal. In economics, I believe the progress in societies that openly trade with others in goods and services, without barriers, restrictions or envy, in undeniable, and that because of the dispersion of knowledge at a local level, the market mechanism is far more efficient at pricing goods than any state-controlled system would be. I also have a passing interest in science, having taken two science subjects for the leaving cert and I still like to keep in touch with developments, if at a popular level.
So it was was nice to see these combined as one outlook, the dispersion of power, in Jonathan Rauch’s defence of the expression of unpopular viewpoints in academia, speaking to the conference of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.