Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Liberal Values Part III: Favoring Civil and Political Liberties

Our multi-part series to explore liberal values based on the definition from that we promote here at TTGSIMH:
Liberalism: A political theory founded on the natural goodness of humans and the autonomy of the individual and favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority. [Also a] 19th-century Protestant movement that favored free intellectual inquiry, stressed the ethical and humanitarian content of Christianity, and de-emphasized dogmatic theology
So what do we mean by "favoring civil and political liberties"?

    1. The condition of being free from restriction or control.
    2. The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
    3. The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. See Synonyms at freedom.
  1. Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.
  2. A right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference: the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights.
Therefore, those things that are "of or relating to citizens and their interrelations with one another or with the state" (civil) and "of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state" (political) should be "free from restriction or control". And they definitely should be "physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor."

Why do we believe in so much freedom? Well, look back at the autonomy of the individual. Since we believe that you will act like a responsible adult, there is no reason to treat you like a child.

1 comment:

  1. Moved over from HaloScan:

    Not necessarily the belief that you will act one way or another - more the belief that you have the freedom to demonstrate how you will behave, rather than it being decided for you.
    StealthBadger | Homepage | 01.18.06 - 10:52 pm | #