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    In his essay, Two Concepts of Liberty, Isaiah Berlin favours negative over positive liberty as it is “the truer and more humane ideal” and argues that positive law threatens individual autonomy by justifying paternalistic coercion. In his work, Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville views liberty as a benefit produced by political life under a free government and posits a conception of positive liberty as political participation. This essay will argue contrary to Berlin, that positive liberty is equally as important as negative liberty for liberalism as the latter is insufficient in ensuring self-realization. Further, it will argue that the establishment and maintenance of negative liberty is contingent on the exercise of individuals’…

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    challenging the crude version of negative liberty and proving that it is indefensible in a liberal society, and by doing so making negative liberty a form of positive liberty. In his famous work, “What’s wrong with negative liberty?”, Charles Taylor takes on Isiah Berlin’s argument against negative liberty. In this essay, we will see Berlin’s distinction of different kinds of liberties, then go through Taylor’s paper on criticizing Berlin’s idea of negative liberty. We will also look at Taylor’s…

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    discretion” and “mode of discretion”. I believe that there is a substantial limit for mankinds. Hence, we should be careful when we want to change the status quo. Moreover, since the mankinds are constrained, we could never find a way to allocate the resources that is perfectly fair, so that we should safeguard formal opportunity instead of intervening the outcome. This issue also can be described by using the different fairness suggested by Jonathan Haidt, whereby the thought can be explained…

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    feeling of being protected, however, there are loopholes. Such as the government hacking into your phones, computers or any electronic devices without probable cause. Realize, our world of technology has weakened the Fourth Amendment (Zwerdling 2013). What is most important Security or Freedom? Or why not both? Because one could benefit the other. Peter Levine now the 75-years-old psychologist who owns a blog of his own known as “ A blog for Civic Renewal”.His qualities to his standpoint of our…

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    The belief that freedom is worth having regardless of it including the freedom to make mistakes, is a misunderstanding in the lives of numerous people. The entire point of having freedom is to explore, discover, and learn something new by going beyond your limitations. Additionally, whenever one attempts something he/she has never done before, he/she will usually make a mistake. However, he/she learns from that mistake and can utilize this new information to aid him/her in the future.…

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    The belief that freedom is worth having regardless of it including the freedom to make mistakes, is a misunderstanding in the lives of numerous people. The entire point of having freedom is to explore, discover, and learn something new by going beyond one’s own limitations. Additionally, whenever one attempts something he/she has never done before, he/she will usually make a mistake. However, he/she learns from that mistake and can utilize this new information to aid him/her in the future.…

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    Patriot Pen:What does Freedom Mean What does freedom mean to me? It means lots of things to me but I have two main things of what it means to me. My two reasons for what freedom means to me are, people can say, and act any way they want to without anyone telling them what to do. Number two is people can also get out of hand with freedom. In this essay I will include why I think those reasons are what freedom means to me. In this paragraph I will be sharing one reason to what freedom means to…

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    conception of liberty, equality and neutrality posed three serious issues pertinent to the minority rights; (i) Liberalism focuses on individuals, thus ignoring group identities and the values individual obtain from them; (ii) Liberal ideal of equal citizenship undermines the ability of groups to determine themselves and to preserve what…

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    Can society advance without all of its people? In John Stuart Mill’s essay “On Liberty”, he makes the argument that we should have the freedom to perform any actions we wish, as long as those are not causing harm to any others. Mill makes a number of justifications for his argument throughout his essay. He understands that in order for society to function, there needs to be certain restrictions on individual’s liberty. He believes society’s control over an individual’s liberty should only be…

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    Liberty What exactly does liberty mean? Well, to me it can mean a number of things. First of all, it can mean acting in whatever way you see fit for satisfying your own interests, desires and expectations to the extent that you don’t infringe upon the very same liberties of the others. Secondly, liberty means independence and freedom from physical restraint or external force, and our basic rights that the government cannot take away or interfere with. It is also a concept that protects all…

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