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| What is liberalism?
| What does liberalism stand for?
The protection of individual, human and civil rights and liberties
The equality of all human beings under the law
The balance and separation of powers as the best tool against tyranny
The belief in liberal representative democracy as the best system of government, where there is a balance between majority rule and the rights of minorities
The limitation and decentralization of government power
The separation of church and state
International cooperation through defense alliances and economic integration
Must-read book: Two Treatises on Government, By John Locke
The belief in the market economy as the guarantor of prosperity and freedom
The protection of private property as an essential human right
The belief in free and open trade as an engine of economic growth and international peace
The promotion of free enterprise and economic freedom
The belief in fiscal responsibility and low taxation
Must-read book: The Wealth of Nations, By Adam Smith
The protection and expansion of civil liberties and human rights
The protection of free speech, freedom of the press, religious freedom and the freedom of association
A free, strong and active civil society
Personal freedom, social inclusion and tolerance of diverse lifestyles that do not infringe upon the rights of others
Equal rights for everybody, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin
The protection of the natural environment and the promotion of a sustainable economy
The belief in cultural diversity and openness
Must-read book: On Liberty, By John Stuart Mill
These are the principles that define liberalism. A self-described “liberalism” that lacks one of these three main components (political, economic or social) and the principles they embody is not, and cannot, be defined as liberalism.