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    Liberalism: Pro & Con -- Stephen Hicks

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    Liberalism: Pro & Con

    Stephen Hicks 

    Foreword by Parnell Palme McGuinness


    110 pages,

    His Australian Tour Release: March 2020

    ISBN: 9781925826821

    Why take up the strongest arguments? In this primer, our method starts by taking up the best arguments for and against liberalism. I make fifteen arguments for liberalism and fifteen against. These fifteen arguments on opposite sides of the debate are not exhaustive, but they include those that have had the most staying power over the long history of argument and counter-argument about liberalism. The reason they have had that staying power is that each identifies and stresses a genuinely important value at stake in politics...

    The Pro & Con

    Liberalism increases freedom
    People work harder in liberal societies
    People work smarter under liberalism
    Liberalism increases individuality and creativity
    Liberalism increases the average standard of living
    The poor are better off under liberalism
    Liberalism generates more philanthropy
    More outstanding individuals flourish under liberalism
    Liberalism’s individualism increases happiness
    Liberal societies are more interesting
    Tolerance increases under liberalism
    Sexism and racism decrease under liberalism
    Liberalism leads to international peace
    Liberalism is the most just system
    Liberalism is more moral in its political practice
    Summary and Transition
    Humans are not intelligent enough for freedom
    Human nature is too immoral for freedom
    Liberalism is amorally self-interested
    Liberalism’s individualism is atomistic
    Liberalism is materialistic
    Liberal societies are boring
    Power is the reality, so liberalism is naïve
    Liberalism does not guarantee that everyone’s basic needs will be met
    Liberalism is unfair
    Equality is threatened by freedom
    Scarcity means that freedom is dog-eat-dog
    Liberalism is unsustainable
    Liberalism is socially inefficient
    Liberalism is merely another subjective narrative
    Freedom does not exist

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