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Liberty

 

Ideal of Liberty defined by:

 

  1. Judicial rights for Individuals (Bill of Rights)

  2. Freedom of Speech

  3. Protection of minorities

  4. Right to create private companies

  5. Right to own property 

The Ideal of Liberty is of the government as a neutral institution, with only a negative function - not to restrain the individual. Of course, this is not strictly feasible, for laws will always restrain individuals to an extent. This is why we must talk about Liberty as an "Ideal".

 

The first defining Practical Aspect* of Liberty is probably the one that in recent years has most come under attack from the Executive.

 

Especially with the increased threat, or perceived increased threat, of terrorism the rights of individuals to go about their normal lives unhindered by actions by the State have often been tampered with.

 

This is not to conclude immediately that such measures are not justified. That is a matter for debate.

 

What is not in doubt, however, is that such measures compromise the Ideal of Liberty, on the one hand, and, on the other, increase Executive Power.


 

 

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