Liberalism, Loose or Strict
By Anthony de Jasay
This article appeared in the Winter 2004/05 issue of The Independent Review.
Nineteenth-century utilitarians introduced into liberalism ideas incompatible with its essence, thus giving rise to a contemporary liberalism that discounts the value of liberty. For genuine liberalism to resist the penetration of alien elements, it must affirm vigorously two basic principles: the presumption of freedom, and the rejection of the rules of submission to political authority.
Anthony de Jasay (19252019) was a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and the author of numerous books including The State, Against Politics, and Justice and its Surroundings.
|Other Independent Review articles by Anthony de Jasay|
|Summer 2010||The Maximizing State|
|Fall 2006||When Fair Is Not Just and Just Is Not Fair|
|Summer 1999||On Treating Like Cases Alike|
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