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Chelsea Park

on 7 November 2013

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Transcript of Liberalism

What is liberalism?
An ideology with core values of individualism, freedom, and justice

On the centre of the political spectrum

Liberalism changed from Classic Liberalism in the 19th century to Modern Liberalism in the 20th century

An idea of government ruled by "natural law" a concept where the government is believed to not be in control of aspects of the economy referring to "open competition"
Place of origin: New England, late 19th century

This system is used today in Canada, America, and Europe
Rights and Freedoms/Civil Liberties
Individual freedom
Everyone has the right to vote
Free speech is granted to everyone but is only limited when it's used as hate speech
Hate speech- communication that vilifies a person or a group based on discrimination against that person or group
Equal opportunity for all
Absolute freedom to think and express any ideas
Every individual, no matter their gender, sexual orientation or race are all equal

Important person and quote
John Locke
English philosopher and physician
Widely known as the Father of Classical Liberalism
Considered one of the first of the British empiricists
Empiricism- the theory that all knowledge is based on experience derived from the senses
Classic vs. Modern Liberalism
By: Chelsea, Maha, Daphne, Natalie, and Celine
Liberals believe in a government that emphasizes individualism and complete human rights. Insuring maximization of freedom of rights. For example freedom of speech, etc.

They believe in social change by reform or change in law, rather than force.

Who owns what: It's a free for all and the government does not interfere with private ownership
Favours expansion of social programs (ex: healthcare, education, etc.)
Supports more free trade (easier to trade with other countries)
Individuals can decide for themselves by voting
Adoption of constitutional procedure for limiting economic government power
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