LCW Heywood Liberal rights

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  • Equal Rights and Opportunities
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      • Equality of Opportunity
        • Recognises that some individuals are born with disadvantages that cannot be overcome by their own efforts.
        • A moral principle that we are all entitled to equal life changes.
      • Government by Consent
        • People should have regular opportunities to express their consent, or indeed to withhold it.
        • More than regular free elections use of referendums when any major change to the power or system of government is proposed.
        • State must tolerate the free expression of public opinion, even if it challenges the basis of government.
      • Limited Government
        • Government should operate within strict boundaries.
        • If not limited government is likely to encroach upon the freedom and the private lives of its citizens.
        • Liberals fear the exercise of arbitrary power.
        • Democratic systems may simply become the tyranny of the majority, to detriment legitimate authorites.
        • Tendency for power to become concentrated in too few hands.
    • All distinct groups in society are entitles to the same rights; discrimination against groups should be outlaws.
  • Pluralism
    • A society in which there is tolerance of many different beliefs, movements and faiths.
    • Heywood
      • Equality of Opportunity
        • Recognises that some individuals are born with disadvantages that cannot be overcome by their own efforts.
        • A moral principle that we are all entitled to equal life changes.
      • Government by Consent
        • People should have regular opportunities to express their consent, or indeed to withhold it.
        • More than regular free elections use of referendums when any major change to the power or system of government is proposed.
        • State must tolerate the free expression of public opinion, even if it challenges the basis of government.
      • Limited Government
        • Government should operate within strict boundaries.
        • If not limited government is likely to encroach upon the freedom and the private lives of its citizens.
        • Liberals fear the exercise of arbitrary power.
        • Democratic systems may simply become the tyranny of the majority, to detriment legitimate authorites.
        • Tendency for power to become concentrated in too few hands.
    • It suggests a political parties and pressure groups are free to operate and have access to decision making processes.
    • Modern liberal democracies are pluralist in nature, while totalitarian regimes inhibit or destroy pluralism.

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