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I feel like I don't need a hyphen on the bold because "classical liberalism" is a well known thing...but I want to be rigorous and clear...so should I hyphenate regarding the bold?

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  • Ellerman uses a classical liberal approach to argue for essentially socialism—this is the same basic logic that was used to argue against slavery

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  • Ellerman uses a classical liberal approach to argue for essentially socialism—this is the same basic logic that was used to argue against slavery

Hi, Andrew—To return to the syntactic logic of countless previous explanations, "a classical liberal approach" is a classical [liberal approach]—that is, a liberal approach which is classical—not a [classical liberal] approach, which parsing requires the hyphen. Are you starting to see how to reason through these?

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