I'm a liberal here at Patrick Henry College. Compared to the philosophies espoused by most students, mine is liberal. I think it's flatly libertarian (you stay out of my business and I'll stay out of yours), but I'm among a small minority who is willing to vote for Bob Barr on principle.
I'm also one of half a dozen or fewer who have read Ayn Rand and I'm the only PHC student who has read any of Ayn Rand's non-fiction work.
This is assuredly a pity. Nigh on a tragedy.
I support pure laissez-faire capitalism (including deregulation of all industries and the elimination of trade-inhibiting tariffs and excises), a reduction in the size and power of the government - federal, state, and local - and a greater focus on national defense, and generally a vast reduction in the number of programs devised for the general welfare.
I understand the constitutionality of the phrase, "general welfare," but it lacks grounding in reality. Men are naturally inclined toward self-interest. Altruism is never the main goal; it is incidental or, in some cases, a second purpose. Politicians who claim to do something for the "general welfare" use it as a means by which to gain political sway, manipulate their peers, or win more votes to keep themselves in office. Just as a business works to maximize its profits, government works to maximize its power.
I've been reading about Public Choice lately. Political economic theory rules.