Classical liberalism

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Classical liberalism is a type of liberalism. It is a belief in economics and a political ideology. It emphasizes civil and economic freedom.[1][2]

Classical liberals believe in a small government, and believe that people will be ruled mostly by natural law. They believe that people have inalienable rights. They also believe in a free market and property rights.

Notable people who developed classical liberalism during the 18th and 19th century are Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus and Thomas Jefferson. More recently, in the mid-20th century, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman were in favor. Many of the beliefs of classical liberalism are similar to those of libertarianism.

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  1. Hudelson, Richard 1999. Modern political philosophy , pp. 37–38
  2. Dickerson M.O. et al 2009. An introduction to government and politics: a conceptual approach, p. 129.