American political culture contains a number of core ideals and values

American political culture contains a number of core ideals and values

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American political culture contains a number of core ideals and values. Not all  Americans share the same views, of course, but the vast majority subscribes to these  general ideals, including liberty, equality, democracy, individualism, unity, and diversity.  Political debates tend to be over how best to achieve these ideals, not over whether  these ideals are worth having in the first place. Liberty  Americans today tend to define liberty as the freedom for people to do what they want.  We also tend to believe liberty is essential to personal fulfillment and happiness.  Nevertheless, liberty must be restrained on some level in order to create a stable  society. A widely accepted principle of freedom is that we are free to do whatever we  want as long as we do not impinge on other people’s freedom. A limited government is a government that places relatively few restrictions on its 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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