It seems that the time has come to state the obvious: I am a liberal.
Not a Liberal Democrat.
Nor a neoliberal.
But a liberal.
This means that I believe that my neighbour is as important as me.
Nobody does believe that. We might insist that they’re ass morally important, equally one of God’s Special Little Snowflakes. But absolutely no one does think their neighbour is as important as they themselves are. We’s all be around next door cooking their breakfast if we did.
Saying that makes clear the third aspect of being a liberal. We must have a criteria for determining what is just, meaning that it requires defence. My logic is that justice is blind. Something is right when it would be considered just from whoever’s perspective it is viewed.
Isn’t that cute? So, 80% tax levels. Doesn’t seem just from the point of the view of the person being taxed. That’s why they all bigger off when we try it. Therefore it’s not just to have 80% tax rates as it’s not, considered from the perspective of the person being taxed, just.
Gosh, this moral logic stuff is fun, isn’t it?
That is what law is for in a liberal society: to define the boundaries of the freedoms that we can enjoy.
Err, no, that’s the definition of illiberality. A liberal society is one where the law defines the boundaries of what we may not do.