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Single Idea 22835

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 6. Liberalism / a. Liberalism basics]

Full Idea

While freedom and equality are liberal values …they are fundamental regulative ideas of an independent society that is self-regulating …and decides what its own social and political arrangements should be.

Gist of Idea

Liberals value freedom and equality, but the society itself must decide on its values


John Charvet (Liberalism: the basics [2019], 06)

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.62

A Reaction

So the central political activity is persuasion, not enforcement. Illiberal societies all contain liberal individuals.

Related Idea

Idea 23090 Liberals assume people are naturally free, equal, rational, and morally good [Kekes]