I’m a liberaltarian, a progressive libertarian, or a left-libertarian (take your pick!) because I believe that the Democratic Party is the Party of Freedom. “Freedom” has been the core progressive value since John Dewey and the founding of American progressivism at the beginning of the 20th century! Dewey said that freedom doesn’t just mean “freedom from” but also “freedom to,” and it takes both to have what he called “effective freedom.” He meant that in order to be free, we must be able to freely participate in society, to make our own decisions and also act on them. We’re not free if we’re trapped in the cycle of poverty and can’t get out. It’s a very libertarian idea! A truly progressive, forward-thinking government should be libertarian: it should maximize freedom for everyone, maximize our ability to make our own decisions and also act on them, for the rich and the poor, majority and minority alike.