Liberalism - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Liberalism, Part One...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Liberalism, Part One According to Ball and Dagger, Freedom is… A. Defined different by different ideologies B. A four part concept C. Attack by some ideologies and defended by other D. Just another word for nothing left to loose Origins What is Liberalism? -all liberals aim to promote individual liberty Brian Barry -British political scientist, Brian Berry on Liberal States -religious toleration -freedom from the press -abolition of servile social status, Brian Barry on Liberal Ideas -no religious dogma can be reasonably be held with certainty -every doctrine should be open to critical scrutiny -fundamental equality of all human beings: inequality is an artifact Human Nature and Freedom -most liberals believe humans are rational and self-interested (want to get the best for themselves) -fair competition and equal opportunity -if every freedom claim is a triadic thing the agent for the liberal is the individual -individuals should be free from legal barriers, customs, conditions to live as they choose -liberalism promotes individual freedom
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Liberalism - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Liberalism, Part One...

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