Individual Freedom Is Often Seen As The Core Value Of Liberalism.

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Individual freedom is often seen as the core value of Liberalism. Nevertheless, freedom can be divided into two categories: negative and positive. Negative freedom, which is traditionally associated with Classical Liberalism, advocates the belief in non-interference and the absence of all external constraints upon the individual. This absence of limits implies that individuals should be free to pursue their own interests, free from outside restrictions or pressures. Negative freedom, however does not mean that individuals should have absolute and unrestricted freedom. Classical liberals, such as J.S. Mill, believe that if freedom is Unlimited, it can lead to “license”, namely the right to harm others or to infringe upon their personal…show more content…
They have to either start completely over or go back to where they began. To be free, a person can do what they want with no interference from anyone else, but there has to be limitations on freedom in a country and government. Berlin states “You lack political liberty or freedom only if you are prevented from attaining a goal by human beings. Mere incapacity to attain a goal is not lack of political freedom.” Positive liberty may be understood as self-mastery, and includes one 's having a role in choosing who governs the society of which one is a part. Berlin argued, the liberty in choosing their government granted to citizens, and extolled, most famously, by Pericles. Berlin granted that both concepts of liberty represent valid human ideals, and that both forms of liberty are necessary in any free and civilised society. Smith argued that the government should intervene as little as possible into business. He saw that when wealthy corporations, as commonly happened, wrested tax incentives, monopolies, and other unfair advantages from governments, this impeded free trade and competition. Because a few companies received special favors, they did not need to run efficiently, and their unfair advantages discouraged other companies from competing with them. I feel that this is completely unfair for the other
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