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positive liberty

LibertyPosted by Jan Lester Sat, June 21, 2014 12:30:53
positive liberty ‘Positive *liberty’ is supposed to be when you are able to do whatever you (ought to) want to do, rather than merely not being actively prevented from doing something (which is ‘negative liberty’). The main problem with ‘positive liberty’ is that it appears to be a tendentious attempt to belittle the *liberal or *libertarian conception of liberty. For ‘positive liberty’ looks much more like ability or, valuable/approved, opportunity (in many cases it is a *privilege at the *tax victims’ expense, who thereby become underprivileged). It is conceptually confusing to try to dress these up as the kind of ‘liberty’ that really matters, rather than to argue for their importance independently and admit that liberty might need to be constrained in order to promote them. It smacks of *politically-correct speak.

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