Ronald Reagan statement on Liberalism during 1975 interview by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes

Ronald Reagan on Liberalism

Ronald Reagan gives his views on liberalism and fascism in a Dec. 14, 1975 interview with Chris Wallace on CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Transcript

Ronald Reagan: I think that the heart of my philosophy is much more libertarianism then, a then a . . .

Mike Wallace: Will that’s the fashionable word these days, I guess. A conservative is no longer just that, he’s a libertarian.

Ronald Reagan: Always has been. How do we call a liberal? You know someone very profoundly once said many years ago, that if fascism ever comes to America it will come in name of liberalism. And what is fascism? Fascism is private ownership, private enterprise, but total government control and regulation. Well, isn’t this the liberal philosophy. The conservative so-called, is the one that says less government, get off my back, get out of my pocket, and let me have more control of my own destiny.