Things I Didn’t Know: Liberal Arts

Why is a “Liberal Arts degree” is called “Liberal”. I had wondered if and how it might be related to political liberalism. It turns out, it’s not.

According to the Wikipedia, the Liberal Arts are so called because:

In classical antiquity, the liberal arts denoted the education proper to a free man (Latin: liberus, “free”), unlike the education proper to a slave.

I did not know that.


3 thoughts on “Things I Didn’t Know: Liberal Arts

  1. Ironic, considering that today’s crop of liberal arts graduates will be taxed well over 50% in their lifetime*, while constantly threatened with prosecution and the rape cages for literally thousands of victimless “crimes” against the state.

    *assuming they can find a job in the central-bank-assassinated market.

    heh heh

  2. Yes, this is why someone like George Jonas is often called “conservative,” but self-identifies as a “classical liberal,” meaning liberty is his chief concern. (And before anyone clicks that link, Jonas is a Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, so I believe he makes Gestapo comparisons advisedly.)

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