Americans today tend to define liberty as the freedom for people to do what they want

Americans today tend to define liberty as the freedom for people to do what they want

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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  citizens’ freedom. There are some things that the government cannot do, such as limit  freedom of speech or impose a single religion on its citizens. A limited government  usually has a constitution that defines the limits of governmental power. In the United  States, the Constitution outlines the structure of government, whereas the Bill of Rights  guarantees some of the citizens’ specific liberties. Economic Liberty
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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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