What is liberalism?

  • (noun): A political orientation that favors progress and reform.
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Liberalism (from the Latin liberalis) is a political philosophy or worldview founded on the ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas such as free and fair elections, civil rights, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free trade, and a right to life, liberty, and property.

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Straw Dogs: Thoughts On Humans And Other Animals - Political and Philosophical Thought - Agonistic Liberalism
... The term agonistic liberalism appears in John Gray's book Isaiah Berlin from 1995 ... of politics, namely his support for both value pluralism and liberalism ... More generally, agonistic liberalism could be used to describe any kind of liberalism which claims that its own value commitments do not form a complete ...
Liberalism (book)
... Liberalism (original German title Liberalismus) is an influential book by Austrian School economist and Right-libertarian thinker Ludwig von Mises, containing economic analysis ... other classical liberal freedoms follow from property rights and argues that liberalism free of government intervention is required to promote peace, social harmony and the ... and Prosperous Commonwealth rather than Liberalism, as Mises thought that the literal translation would create confusion because the term liberalism after the New Deal and especially in the 1960s became ...
Liberalism - Impact and Influence
... The early waves of liberalism popularized economic individualism while expanding constitutional government and parliamentary authority ... The idea of exporting liberalism worldwide and constructing a harmonious and liberal internationalist order has dominated the thinking of liberals since the 18th century ... "Wherever liberalism has flourished domestically, it has been accompanied by visions of liberal internationalism," one historian wrote ...
Liberalism In The United States - Varieties of Liberalism - Classical Liberalism
... Classical liberalism in the United States (also called laissez-faire liberalism) is the belief that a free market economy is the most productive ... Henry David Thoreau's statement "that government is best which governs least." Classical liberalism is a philosophy of individualism and self-responsibility ...
Liberalism In The United States
... Liberalism in the United States is a broad political philosophy centered on the unalienable rights of the individual ... The main focus of modern liberalism in the United States includes issues such as voting rights for all adult citizens, equal rights, protection of the environment, and the provision by ... Without a qualifier, the term "liberalism" since the 1930s in the United States usually refers to "modern liberalism", a political philosophy exemplified by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal and, later, Lyndon ...

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  • (noun): An economic theory advocating free competition and a self-regulating market and the gold standard.

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    There are two kinds of liberalism. A liberalism which is always, subterraneously authoritative and paternalistic, on the side of one’s good conscience. And then there is a liberalism which is more ethical than political; one would have to find another name for this. Something like a profound suspension of judgment.
    Roland Barthes (1915–1980)

    The basic idea which runs right through modern history and modern liberalism is that the public has got to be marginalized. The general public are viewed as no more than ignorant and meddlesome outsiders, a bewildered herd.
    Noam Chomsky (b. 1928)