Monday, November 28, 2011

Liberalism, something not commented on

It's often said that liberalism permits freedom and liberty of action as long as it doesn't negatively impact others. However, what happens if people, when granted a degree of freedom use it to hurt another person? In that case, the expectation of the other person not be hurt matters more than the first one's right to freely act on their liberties. In point of fact, the negative behavior would be a misapplication of liberty, an excuse masquerading as an application of legitimate rights. Disciplining people for breaking the law in this case does not violate liberty or freedom. In fact, if discipline in some form isn't done, the system falls apart, because the intent of some to mistreat of others is in effect being put above the freedom of others to live in peace. Liberation is wonderful, but people have a right to not be stepped on, and politeness shouldn't be an excuse to allow that to occur.

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