Liberal View on The State


Liberal View of The State 

Liberal view of the state:

  • Liberals believe a state needed to arbitrate between clashes of intereast between individuals 
  • State should act as a kind of referee between individuals 
  • Rejected traditional, monarchial state or any authoritarian state
  • Argue states must have the consent of the governed if it is to exist effectively
  • Argue state would have to promote natural rights for it to exist 
  • Would also have to promote tolerance, Voltaire: I detest what you say but i will defend to the death your right to say it. Also wanted tolerance to religous bodies 
  • Later developed by JS Mill who argued all opinions should be tolerated unless


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