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                                       >>>We are liberals (and proud of it).

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| What is liberalism?

| What does liberalism stand for?

 Political Liberalism 

  • 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

 

 

 Economic Liberalism                                           

  • 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               

 Social Liberalism                                           

  • 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.

 

 + Resources 

> The Liberal Agenda for the 21st Century| Liberal International - Oxford, UK

> The Liberal Democrat Federal Constituion Preamble | UK Liberal Democrats

> Liberalism | Friedrich Naumann Foundation

 

 


 
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