The Views And Components Of Classical Liberalism

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The views and components of classical liberalism are evident in every aspect of the socioeconomic status and practices of the United States. The extent to which varies considerably depending on which facet of the government one considers, but the underlying principles on which the legislative and economic values base themselves on directly conforms with classical liberalism. Although liberalism is a relatively new ideology, most industrialized countries identify with the it’s policies and agenda to some degree. The major political parties in the United States differ on the political spectrum, however, they both share values associated with liberalism thought.
As European countries, as well as the American Colonies, began the transitional process from agrarian to industrialized societies, they became dependent on one another for goods, thus introducing capitalistic and free market economies. Those classified as proletarians, or working class citizens, noticed that they were slowly being interchanged with machinery, while the upper classes profited by substantial additions to their total wealth. With this prosperity, they began to invest in their respective communities, constructing educational institutions; sparking an integration between the working class and the classes above them (Lal 49). As machinery and the possibility to gain an education became prevalent in industrialized countries, working class citizens decided to homogenize with the new technology or educate…
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