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A2 Government & Politics Liberalism

Introduction of Liberalism

Origins in Enlightenment
Central value ­ individuals have personal freedom
Liberals accept liberty entails responsibility
Actions of an individual should not harm others or curtail the individual's own freedom
Support existence of state, must be formed by popular consent
Liberal state should…

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A2 Government & Politics Liberalism

The phrase `the pursuit of happiness' implies that individuals are the only judge of what is
best for them
Jean-Jacques Rousseau had already argued humankind was being unjustifiably controlled by
social and political restraints
o "Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains" ­…


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