What is a liberal society?

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    Feb 16, 2010 1:14 PM GMT
    Such nonsense is spoken about "liberalism" on RJ that it set me trying to move towards a definition of what liberalism actually is (this stuff is not my academic area... ha)

    Here are three starters:

    A Secular Society. The liberal state gives no privilege to any religion, denomination or its followers by virtue of their religion which is denied to those who do not follow it. This freedom of religion also implies freedom from religion. It is the opposite of a theocracy.

    A Free and Tolerant Society. Individuals may live as they wish (including by following any religion they wish to) as long as their actions do not negatively effect others. Society must be tolerant of minorities, not seeking to impose the ideology of the majority onto the minority. It is the opposite of excessive government control or mob rule.

    An Equal Society. No member of society is intrinsically more important than any other on the basis of gender, race or any accident of birth. As an implication there should be equal opportunities for all in education and health care, equal marriage between consenting adults (e.g. no interracial marriage in the USA pre 1967) and no privileges granted to one part of society which are denied to others. It is the opposite of a feudal society

  • ShanksE

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    Feb 16, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    A liberal state would also require a free and independent press to act as a watchdog or a conscience keeper of social interests. Interesting post!
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    Feb 16, 2010 11:20 PM GMT
    I suggest you read this ( too long to copy & paste) if you really want to know.

  • Webster666

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    Feb 17, 2010 2:25 AM GMT
    A liberal society chooses to live and let live.
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    Feb 17, 2010 7:29 AM GMT
    No George Bush, Sarah Palin or Jerry Falwell.icon_smile.gif
  • barriehomeboy

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    Feb 17, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
    Canada is the free and tolerant society version. Gay marriage is legal, smoking pot is legal (possessing it isn't, something that smoking-the-pot-you-have-to-get-rid-of-it-because-it's-illegal opponent conservatives are pissed about but then they don't like abortion either) and abortion is paid for by the public health care system that pays for most other medical issues you have.Oh yeah, we save the stem cells too, so you can grow you a new liver when you burn out the old one. Sounds much better than Sarah Palin's version of a free society, no?
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    Feb 17, 2010 8:27 AM GMT
    The Netherlands is a Liberal Society.
    True freedom within a civilized society. At least we still have freedom of speech here in the US.

    The US is a pretty free country but most certainly is NOT the freest country in the world. Many laws on the books and enforcement tactics keep us from reaching that ideal.

    Somalia would be a Libertarian society, lol.
  • GQjock

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    Feb 17, 2010 11:14 AM GMT
    It's SO Not America icon_rolleyes.gif
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 17, 2010 11:56 AM GMT
    A liberal society puts the needs of the people ahead of profit.

    A liberal society uses a scientific approach to solving problems.

    A liberal society is not jingoistic.

    A liberal society is not afraid of outsiders.

    A liberal society is truly diverse and integrated.

    A liberal society doesn't let fear control them.

    A liberal society is educated.

    A liberal society doesn't feel the need to prove itself to itself or the world.

    A liberal society is peace.