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Liberalism is a political current embracing several historical and present-day ideologies that claim defense of individual liberty as the purpose of government.
Liberalism after World War II In much of the West, expressly liberal parties were caught between "conservative" parties on one hand, and "labor" or social democratic parties on the other hand.
Liberals agree on the idea that society should have very limited interests in the private behavior of its citizens in the areas of private sexual relations, free speech, personal conscience or religious beliefs, as well as political association.
en-cyclopedia.com /wiki/Liberalism   (4667 words)

During the height of the United States' post-war hegemony the major difference between the Modern Liberal and the Modern Conservative was over the acceptable degree of intervention (or reform) needed (or desired) to advance dominant capitalist interests and maintain social welfare.
Inherent to this difference was the conservative's emphasis on "economic freedom" and the liberal's emphasis on "civil liberties." This underscores the unresolved (and ongoing) tension in liberalism between the values of property and equality.
As a means to assert United States global hegemony in the immediate “post-Cold War” period the Bush administration carried out the “Gulf War” designed to contain the Iraqi government headed by Saddam Hussein and to signal to the rest of the world the United States was still the global hegemon.
www.csuchico.edu /~gwright/intro.htm   (1289 words)

 Liberalism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Liberalism can be understood as (1) a political tradition (2) a political philosophy and (3) a general philosophical theory, encompassing a theory of value, a conception of the person and a moral theory as well as a political philosophy.
Those who insist that liberalism is ultimately a nihilistic theory can be interpreted as arguing that this transition cannot be made successfully: liberals, on their view, are stuck with a subjectivistic or pluralistic theory of value, and no account of the right emerges from it.
Prominent liberals have recently shied away from the conception of liberalism as a comprehensive philosophy, and have sought to return to its roots: as a purely political doctrine.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/liberalism   (4691 words)

 LIBERTY AT WAR WITH ITSELF?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Liberalism in the broad sense, a political and philosophical tradition grounded in the belief that all men and women are by nature free and equal, has for more than two centuries informed the organization of government, and set the terms in which opinions about justice have been debated, in the United States and Britain.
While the liberal theory of consent teaches that each citizen is by nature equal before the law, it does not follow that the purpose of the law is to ensure that the State makes each individual equal in all, or in any other respects.
The liberty that liberalism puts first is bound up with the belief that human beings are, in a fundamental respect, equal, inasmuch as the right to personal freedom is one that the liberal tradition assumes inheres equally in all individuals.
mason.gmu.edu /~berkowit/libertyatwarwithitself.htm   (1702 words)

 United for Peace of Pierce County, WA - We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Liberalism in the United States today is the politics that dares not speak its name.
The alacrity with which many of America’s most prominent liberals have censored themselves in the name of the War on Terror, the enthusiasm with which they have invented ideological and moral cover for war and war crimes and proffered that cover to their political enemies: all this is a bad sign.
Liberal intellectuals used to be distinguished precisely by their efforts to think for themselves, rather than in the service of others.
www.ufppc.org /content/view/5231/2   (2476 words)

 Definition of Liberalism
A fundamental principle of Liberalism is the proposition: "It is contrary to the natural, innate, and inalienable right and liberty and dignity of man, to subject himself to an authority, the root, rule, measure, and sanction of which is not in himself".
Since the so-called Liberal principles of 1789 are based upon a wrong notion of human liberty, and are and must forever be contradictory and indefinite in themselves, it is an impossibility in practical life to carry them into effect with much consistency.
It was the Liberalism of the practical politicians and statesmen, who intended to re-establish, maintain, and develop, in the different states, the constitutional form of government based upon the principles of 1789.
www.ourladyswarriors.org /dissent/defnlibr.htm   (1922 words)

 loosie: words: The Snores of Liberalism
The latest elections in the United States, Denmark, Netherlands, Austria and, most recently, France have shown that progressive voters are staying home while their right-wing counterparts are flocking to the polls.
And the disappearance of the European left is certainly reminiscent of the political tides that led to the wave of conservatism in the United States.
It can only be hoped that liberals will collectively awaken in time to thwart the paranoia and venom of encroaching ultra-rightwing conservatism while their social transgressions of the conservatives are still reversible.
www.loosie.com /words/archives/2002/10/000002.php   (686 words)

 The Cult of Celebrity
The picture of so-called liberalism is a very deceptive one, for white males who may not be liberals at all (as is the case with Clinton) are often bringing together people of different colors and genders and sexual orientations for photo opportunities.
Other liberals, though few and dwindling, argued that Hong Kong's return to Chinese control was a good thing because it was a booty of war and a piece of the horribly embarrassing colonial past.
Liberals fell into the trap of answering for the people; and so often the liberals that are broadcast are white males for which the issue is of extreme academic and intellectual importance, but of no immediate relevance to their lives.
www.sccs.swarthmore.edu /org/l-word/nov97/marginalize.html   (761 words)

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Introduction This book concerns itself with Louis Hartz's claim that liberalism in the United States constituted a single tradition of understanding and practice and the possibility that Wittgenstein may be used to analyze political practice.
Liberalism in the United States Greenstone introduces the notion of a liberal bipolarity in American political thought.
Humanist liberals are associated with the principals of Negative Liberty while Reform liberals are generally associated with the principles of Positive Liberty.
www.maxwell.syr.edu /MAXPAGES/classes/psccomps/Greenstone.doc   (617 words)

 POLS Y675 3298 Liberalism in America (3 cr)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
In light of these develo pments it seems appropriate to examine liberalism in the United States, a nation long known for its distinctively liberal political culture.
And in still another sense, liberalism is a cultural phenomenon, a widely-held, albeit diffuse, ethos that does not rise to the level of theory or philosophy, but nevertheless seems to describe a distinctive way of life.
Also, liberalism's preoccupation with individuals is said to deny the relevance of race, gender and class, thereby trivializing both the problems and promises of life in pluralistic societies.
www.indiana.edu /~deanfac/blspr97/pols/pols_y675_3298.html   (456 words)

 Liberalism, The United States of Europe
The United States of America is the mightiest and richest nation in the world.
Only then will the size and extent of the territory subject to the sovereignty of the state no longer assume such overwhelming importance for the life of the individual as to make it seem natural, now as in the past, for rivers of blood to be shed in disputes over boundaries.
Pan-Europe is to be greater than the individual states that will comprise it; it is to be more powerful than they are and therefore more efficient militarily and better suited to oppose such great powers as England, the United States of America, and Russia.
www.mises.org /liberal/ch3sec9.asp   (1713 words)

 What is Neo-Liberalism? by Elizabeth Martinez and Arnoldo García 26 February 2000   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Although the word is rarely heard in the United States, you can clearly see the effects of neo-liberalism here as the rich grow richer and the poor grow poorer.
Liberating "free" enterprise or private enterprise from any bonds imposed by the government (the state) no matter how much social damage this causes.
In the United States neo-liberalism is destroying welfare programs; attacking the rights of labor (including all immigrant workers); and cutting back social programs.
www.doublestandards.org /martinez1.html   (925 words)

 Liberalism - Further Reading - MSN Encarta
Compilation of essays that explore the history of liberalism in the United States since the 1930s.
On the decline of American liberal ideals, from LBJ to the present.
A lecture delivered at the University of Toronto in which Sir Roy traces the rise and fall of British liberalism from Gladstone to the present.
encarta.msn.com /readings_761552311/Liberalism.html   (149 words)

 Amazon.com: The End of Liberalism: The Second Republic of the United States: Books: Theodore J. Lowi   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-19)
Lowi is primarily concerned with political transformation in the United States, which his analysis demonstrates has started in the 1930s and had been continuing through the time in which the book was published.
However, Lowi's meticulous analysis of political development of the United States shows the reader that this process-oriented public philosophy led the way for public bureaucracies to be captured by organized and strong interest groups.
According to Lowi, the move from concreteness to abstractness in the definition of public policy represents a watershed in the political development of the United States: interest group liberalism is substituted for the rule of law.
www.amazon.com /End-Liberalism-Second-Republic-United/dp/0393090000   (2820 words)

 Wikinfo | Left-wing politics
While many American "liberals" would be "social democrats" in European terms, very few of them openly embrace the term "left"; in America, the term is mainly embraced by
New Left activists, certain portions of the labor movement, and people who see their intellectual or political heritage as descending from 19th-century socialist movements.
Images, some of which are used under the doctrine of Fair use or used with permission, may not be available.
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=Left-wing_politics   (1007 words)

 The United States Bill of Rights
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
founders of the United States knew better than to believe that liberty could be traded away by inches to any good end.
This law, enacted during a "state of emergency" declared by President Bush and intended to be revisited in calmer times, is now effectively being made permanent.
members.tripod.com /~doggo/doggvbor.html   (1318 words)

 americanvalues.org | James Q. Wilson Excerpt from "Seedbeds of Virtue"
The distinctive feature of Islam is its denial of any possible distinction between religion and society, between church and state, and thus between religious law and secular law.
The skeptics here and the boasters abroad may vastly underestimate the capacity of a free society to sustain what is truly human and to correct its own errors and vastly overstate the capacity of a communal society to liberate the human spirit, establish political legitimacy, or sustain economic growth.
Five years ago America was told that it had embraced an inefficient welfare state and a cumbersome legal system that would inevitably suffocate individual initiative.
www.americanvalues.org /html/1___wilson.html   (685 words)

 Philosophy Essay: Trading Places
The "liberal" movement proposed that the economy of a country could be allowed to move on its own through market forces and the demands of a free market.
It was the influence of these "liberals" who helped to form the government for the fledgling republic of the United States.
As we have come down through time to the modern era, the modern conservatives of the United States are actually the descendants of the economic liberals from the founding of the country.
jawntmw.freeservers.com /piupphaa.html   (288 words)

 Lamson Library » Blog Archive » Reinventing Democrats : The Politics Of Liberalism From Reagan To Clinton
United States — Politics and government — 1981-1989
Environmental Deceptions : The Tension Between Liberalism And Environmental Policymaking In The United States
The State House, Concord, N.H.; Sesquicentennial, 1819- -1969.
www.plymouth.edu /library/opac/record/1297082   (354 words)

 American liberalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Libertarianism is often said to be generally resembling, though not necessarily identical, to American classical liberalism, which advocates the laissez-faire doctrines of political and economic liberalism, equality before the law, indvidual freedom and self-reliance, which is in contrast to social liberalism's concern with state-provided equality of opportunity.
It may be represented by Henry David Thoreau's statement "that government is best which governs least." Classical liberalism is a philosophy of individualism and self-responsibility.
Modern classical liberals oppose the concept of a welfare state.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Liberalism_in_the_United_States   (3344 words)

 CorpWatch : What is Neoliberalism?
Conservative politicians who say they hate "liberals" -- meaning the political type -- have no real problem with economic liberalism, including neoliberalism.
The liberal school of economics became famous in Europe when Adam Smith, an English economist, published a book in 1776 called THE WEALTH OF NATIONS.
In the United States neo-liberalism is destroying welfare programs; attacking the rights of labor (including all immigrant workers); and cutbacking social programs.
www.corpwatch.org /article.php?id=376   (961 words)

 The Left's last utopia - impact of liberalism in the United States; includes evaluation of Paul Hollander's 1992 book ...
Yet, in Africa and Asia, the United States evoked even greater hostility than the old European powers, in virtue of its opposition to colonial possessions--an opposition seen in the Third World as at once hypocritical and expressing a callower and more invasive imperialism.
For it was in these years that anti-Americanism acquired its most radical form--as an attack, not just on the policies and institutions that happened then to prevail in the United States, but on the values and way of life most definitive of America itself.
Hollander makes a distinction between the legitimate criticisms that may reasonably be advanced of American policies and institutions, as of those of any other country, and the unreasoning animus toward the United States that inspired the varieties of anti-Americanism he identifies.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1282/is_n14_v45/ai_13213147   (867 words)

 liberalism america - Books, journals, articles @ The Questia Online Library
Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750 1850 Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States, 1750...Shalhope 9 The Birth of American Liberalism: New York, 1820 1860 165...
GLOBAL AMERICA GLOBAL AMERICA Imposing Liberalism on a Recalcitrant World...David, 1941- Global America: imposing liberalism on a recalcitrant world...this is the hypocrisy of American liberalism: it pursues and often imposes...
Kennedy, John F....The old face of liberalism; Free-traders...would be starting Americas fascination with...administrations control of American involvement in...but also how liberalism has changed since...the course of liberalism in America.
www.questia.com /search/liberalism-america   (1640 words)

 Supreme Court of the United States
Segal-Cover scores attempt to measure the relative liberalism or conservatism of United States Supreme Court justices.
The scores are based on editorials and not judicial rulings or opinions and are thus relatively exogenous to judicial behavior.
The scores range from -1 (being most conservative), to 1 (which is most liberal).
home.comcast.net /~judgeinfo/Supreme_ideology.htm   (97 words)

 Publisher description for Library of Congress control number 00065164
Republicanism and Liberalism in America and the German States represents the cooperative effort of a group of American and German scholars to move the historical debate on republicanism and liberalism to a new stage.
While the German states did not experience successful revolutions like those in North America and France, republican and liberal ideas and 'language' deeply affected German political thinking and culture, especially in the southern states.
By systematically studying the similarities and differences in the understanding of republicanism and liberalism in the United States and German states, the collection stimulates new efforts toward a comprehensive interpretation of political, intellectual, and social developments in the 'modernizing' Atlantic world of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
www.loc.gov /catdir/description/cam021/00065164.html   (274 words)

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