Individualism vs. Collectivism – Learn Liberty
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Individualism vs. Collectivism – Learn Liberty

One of the defining characteristics of philosophical liberalism is the idea of individualism. Each person is an autonomous individual deserving of respect and dignity equal to that of all others, which entails the freedom to pursue ends of his or her own design provided that this doesn’t abrogate the similar freedom of others. But aren’t […]

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Liberty & Equality – Learn Liberty
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Liberty & Equality – Learn Liberty

Two central values in American political life are liberty and equality, and the question is, how do those things go together? Can you have liberty and equality at the same time? Usually the question is put this way. If we want to achieve equality, are we going to have to impinge on liberty? Well the […]

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Liberty & Virtue – Learn Liberty
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Liberty & Virtue – Learn Liberty

Some people think that liberty and virtue are in tension, meaning the more liberty you give to people, the more likely they are to engage in behaviors that are not virtuous, that are vicious. Virtue requires liberty, but of course they’re not the same thing, because just having freedom allows you to have all sorts […]

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Debate: What To Do About Poverty | Learn Liberty
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Debate: What To Do About Poverty | Learn Liberty

[Movie clip, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006, Columbia Pictures] WILL SMITH: I remember that day, because that’s the day that I found out there was only $21.33 left in my bank account. I was broke. [Door rattles.] [End clip] BRANDON TURNER: So a fairly moving depiction of what poverty looks like in that clip. And […]

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Natural Law Theory: Crash Course Philosophy #34
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Natural Law Theory: Crash Course Philosophy #34

Thomas Aquinas was no dummy. Remember him? The Italian fella? Christian monk? Philosophical superstar of the 13th century? Aquinas thought morality was important for everyone, and that being a good person was a vital part of God’s plan for each of us. But he knew that not everyone had been exposed to the Bible, or […]

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