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For some reason, Ronald Reagan started bashing liberalism and in certain circles the idea of liberal bashing became popular. What is liberalism? Well, if you look carefully, the word “liberalism” has the same root, “liber” as the word “liberty.” Thus, liberals are persons who support liberty. Now, who could be against liberty? That is, genuine freedom? Well, fascists, I suppose. Those people who reject liberal, individual rights in favor of evil, authoritarian rule. Why would anyone in their right mind be against liberty? I suppose that there once was a time when certain liberals, who were logical positivists, felt that liberalism meant or means atheistic materialism. This is no longer the case. With Critical Thomism, liberalism is now firmly grounded in classical metaphysics. Liberty is an Immutable Platonic Form and a Substantial Form. Liberty exists, and subsists, independent of any knower. Liberty is real. And, for the liberal metaphysician it is no big deal
at all to move from aatheistic metaphysics to theistic metaphysics. Aatheism, being the metaphysician’s agnostic approach to God. Agnostics are still free to dream the dream of God, while atheists aren’t. Liberty is worth fighting for. As Patrick Henry has stated around the time of the American Revolution, “Give me Liberty or give me Death.”