Let me preface this by saying that I intend this as a question because I'm curious for a liberal's perspective, not because I think that liberals don't have an answer or whatever: So a very vague concept of a liberal (in the American sense of the word) is someone who advocates social freedom (gay marriage, etc.) with economic restriction, such as higher taxes to welfare and social programs, etc. The common liberal argument for social freedom (and I agree) is that "people should be able to do whatever they want with their own lives". So why can't people do whatever they want with their own lives when it comes to their money? If some homosexual wants to marry another homosexual, it is none of our business. If some rich guy wants to relentlessly hoard his money and donate nothing to social welfare programs, why should we force him to with taxes? How can liberals reconcile what seems to be a conflict between advocating freedom in the social realm, while simultaneously advocating restriction in the economic realm?