Core Liberalism Ideas

A brief set of bullet points of why they wanted Liberalism in the 17th century and what they want

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Critique of existing order

Critique of existing society (17th Century)

  • Absolute monarchy
  • Fundamental reform
  • No right of freedom
  • No Constitutionalism
  • Land owning aristorcrats
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Visions of the future


  • Popular consent (clear mandate) and accountable
  • Minimal governemt -- rein back the fronteirs of the government, night watchman
  • Limited in scope/range
  • Only role is to advance freedom and opportunities


  • Equal rights, tolerance, diversity, equality of opportunity

Social justice <-- Modern Liberals:

  • Govt. should create opportunities because of inequalitiy
  • Wealth should not be achieved via exploitation
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