Both Kennedy and Goldwater were classical liberals
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Submitted by Rich Birkett (Mexico), Nov 19, 2013 02:56
Both Kennedy and Goldwater were classical liberals, what we might characterize as libertarians minus the anarchistic tendencies. Goldwater favored gay rights, Native American rights, Mexican-American rights and cannabis legalization. Kennedy was anti-communist, anti-collectivist, and favored fiscal responsibility and Laffer-supply-side tax cuts. Kennedy's views were typical of Catholics of that era, The only reason we might consider Kennedy and Goldwater conservatives, is where conservatism and classical liberalism intersect with individualism, economic liberty and free trade. Classical liberalism was the source of these policies that conservatives later adopted in the early 1900s.
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