Liberty and Political Liberalism

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Liberty and Political Liberalism

William D. Towah

Liberty and Political Liberalism

The Relationship between the Concepts of Liberty and Political Liberalism
In his publication: “The Equality Trust”, Goddard, J. (2013) discussed that liberty as defined by many to mean the ability of an individual to carry out his/her will without any active obstruction or impediment from any persons is narrowed and, therefore, flawed. He proposed that liberty should rather be viewed as the “absence of relationship domination and dependence between persons – regardless of whether any actual interference takes place” (para. 1). According to him once this broader view is keenly considered, the comparability between liberty and equality becomes
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Negative liberty is a freedom from restrictions that would not permit an individual from making desired choices. The action of the individual is control externally to the extent that it conflicts with is internal desires. For example, a professional footballer who still has 4years left on his contract with his club may harbor the desire to join other clubs. He is said to have his liberty to make decisions but parent club could restrict his desires so he could complete his term of contract; this can be best termed as negative liberty (Liberalism: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
The Debate around Political Liberalism
Political liberalism which is seen by many theorists as a doctrinal exercise of the natural rights and freedom of the individual has created the platform where government’s total control of citizens’ behavior and will is minimized. It is now argued that, state interference in the life of the governed be limited to enable the individual exercises his rational intellect to his liberty and to acquire property and all others that may allow him to enjoy his freedom without any violation. As many countries have adopted liberalism, democratic governance with the adherence to the rule of law has taken preeminence over the conservative regimes. The liberal social order has now brought the debate as the conservatives continue to argue that, Political Liberalism has given birth to Liberal Feminism which aimed at gender equality. This fight for feminism has
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