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  • Liberty And The Pursuit Of Happiness
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    The Declaration Then and Now The year was sixteen hundred and eighty-nine and a man by the name of John Locke wrote Second Treatise on Government (Zinn 73). In it, Locke wrote that in a natural state everyone, all people, are born free and equal, and possess certain rights. He said that these "natural rights" were life, liberty, and property. He also said that the evildoers who conspired to deprive others of their life, liberty, or property ruined the good life of the state of nature (Locke). Th...
  • Negative And Positive Concepts Of Liberty
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    In his essay 'Two Concepts of Liberty,' Isaiah Berlin distinguishes between two conceptions of freedom, namely negative and positive conception of freedom. Basically he defines negative liberty as the absence of coercion. He states: 'To coerce a man is to deprive him of freedom' (121). According to him, coercion is the intention to interfere in the freedom of an individual. Thus, absence of coercion is absence of deliberate, intentional coercion. For him, negative liberty requires an immune area...
  • Positive And Negative Liberty
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    Isaiah Berlin became one of our century most important political theorists for liberty and liberalism in an age of totalitarianism. He was born in Riga, Latvia in 1909 into a well to do Jewish family. At the age of 12 he moved to Petrograd and experienced first hand the Bolshevik revolution, which would later influence his intellectual ideas about totalitarianism (Gray 3). In 1921 his family moved to London and sent Isaiah to school. His schooling lead him to Oxford where he took a position as p...
  • Self Regarding And Other Regarding Freedoms
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    Name and Contrast the Freedoms in Liberalism Liberal ideas arose from the breakdown of the feudal system that was commonplace in Europe, which saw the growth of the capitalist society currently in place. Liberalism was the aspiration of the rising middle classes, which had conflicting interests with the power of absolute monarchs and landed aristocracy. With this capitalist society, a serf now had the 'freedom' to think for themselves; to decide who to work for or where to live, what to buy and ...
  • Free America A Is Freedom
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    free america a Is freedom really free? We all say we live in a free society, but if you walk across the street with out a cross walk you could be arrested! How can that be freedom, when you look at it that way It do sent really seem free. There has been major achievements in history to make our world free with out question. We the American people have strive d for centuries to keep America free we fought the British to be free and create a beautiful country, we fought for the freeing of the slav...
  • Total Freedom In Regard To Action
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    Freedom is the exemption from control by some other person, or from arbitrary restriction of specific defined rights like Worship, or Speech. Liberty is the sum of the rights possessed in common by the people of a community / state /nation as they apply to its government, and / or the expectation that a nation's people have of exemption from control by a foreign power. Freedoms are things that people "EXTRACT" from their government; Liberty is less derivative, more formative; a thing "granted" b...
  • Objections To Self Ownership
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    Thanks to Paul Torek for some thought-provoking comments, to which shall reply in two parts. Firstly, I should like to comment o nhis intriguing suggestion on how Rawls might react to my hypothetical. Second, I'd like to make some comments on Torek's own criticisms. 1. Rawls and the Hypothetical There is the interesting side-issue that I cannot help but stray into. Namely: how would a Rawls ian reply to my thought experiment I had considered Torek's suggestion during the original writing, but I ...
  • Change In The Concept Of Liberty
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    Abraham Lincoln and the American Revolution Through the reading of this book, it discusses transformation between Civil War brought to the character of the United States and the way Lincoln carried his weight, just to be heard. The time Civil War transformed a Union of states into a single Nation, Professor Mcpherson points out in the pieces in his essay. Lincoln, spoke of the American "nation" rather than of a "union" in order to invoke a new birth of American Freedom and nationhood. Lincoln us...
  • Importance Of Liberty To The American Culture
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    1. Explain the importance of Liberty, Equality and property in the American Culture... 2. Analyze and discuss the comprehensive function of the "Electoral College". Give reasons why the " Electoral College " should continue to be the deciding factor in the U.S. Presidential elections, or should it be discontinued. 3. Discuss the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Explain the nature of the problems of gender based discrimination in the workplace, and the importance of Title VII. 4. Discuss the "Rights of...
  • Controversy On Order Vs Liberty
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    Order vs. Liberty, one of the most controversial subjects that is discussed among our government and among citizens. Order is the condition of logical or comprehensible arrangement among the separate elements of a group. Liberty, being the condition of being free from restriction or control is very important to our society today. When Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798, it brought out a "heated debate" because of the limits of freedom in a free society. The main question that is...
  • Liberties Of The Persons Assaulting Other's Freedoms
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    Hitler is one of the most evil, if not the most evil man in history. His ideas of genocide and leadership were well thought out but devastating to the entire world. Hitler is an excellent example of an enemy of liberty. Enemies of liberty do not begin by committing atrocities; they begin by developing a mindset throughout society that includes taking away people's liberties. To do this they speak out and feed on the weak minded or people who feel betrayed by society to gain power and backing fro...

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