Monday, January 29, 2007

Not Contradictory?

Take these two statements:

  1. I am a classic liberal on this - I endorse completely John Stuart Mill's formula that you should be able to do anything you want as long as it does not interfere with others.
  2. But I am a socialist because I know without an escape from poverty, without healthcare, education, housing, and many other things, "freedom to chose" is a hollow sham.
Are they not mutually exclusive? Moreover, do these statements (especially the first) not clash with just about everything he has ever done?

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