What is Classical Liberalism? Part 2

Source: The Invisible Backhand
by Jaycob

“The terms Left and Right can be traced back to the deliberations of the [French] assemblies between 1789 to 1792. Over the course of these discussions, participants congregated on either the left or right side of the assembly. … Generally speaking, those seated to the left of the assembly sought to limit the powers of the monarchy, demanding an end to aristocratic privileges, and limiting the influence of the church. Those seated to the right wished to maintain the authority of the crown, preserve aristocratic privileges, and limit qualifications for voting. This original ‘left’ would come to represent political liberalism, while this ‘right’ would come to represent political conservatism. … However, recent scholarship reveals that liberalism in the political sense may have originated from Adam Smith.” (08/31/23)