Demystifying Political Ideology
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The isms of the week: Liberalism and Libertarianism

The isms of the week: Liberalism and Libertarianism | Demystifying Political Ideology | Scoop.it
The nice thing about the "Book of isms" is that it often provides definitions for pairs of frequently confused terms, such as behaviourism and behaviouralism. Herewith another distinction, one that most of our politicians these days seem to have trouble remembering:
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Environmentalism poses a problem for libertarian ideology | MattBruenig | Politics

I want to explain more clearly just how much environmentalists stick in the side of libertarian ideology. First, consider what libertarians are really about philosophically: they favor a procedural justice account of the world based heavily on property rights. This is the newest face of libertarianism. Gone is the appeal to utility and desert. The modern libertarians try to prop up their political ideas almost solely through a rigid formalism of property rights.

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George Monbiot – Why Libertarians Must Deny Climate Change

George Monbiot – Why Libertarians Must Deny Climate Change | Demystifying Political Ideology | Scoop.it
As soon as it encounters environmental issues, the ideology of the new right becomes ensnared in its own contradictions.
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The ambiguity at the heart of the concept ‘liberal’ | Thought Leader

The ambiguity at the heart of the concept ‘liberal’ | Thought Leader | Demystifying Political Ideology | Scoop.it

“equality” does not, and cannot, mean “sameness” in terms of cultural and racial attributes, let alone personal characteristics such as intelligence, initiative, resourcefulness, and so on, (which means that even within the “same” culture and race individuals are irreducibly different) and hence individual “freedom” can at best mean the freedom to actualise one’s individual potential under (presumably) conditions of constitutional “equality”. Under such conditions of constitutional (and therefore “legal”) equality, the very ineradicable differences, mentioned above — resourcefulness, etc — unavoidably give rise to, or exacerbate, the individual differences that are there to begin with, because individuals have irrepressibly different characteristics. Some would be drawn to professions like politics, others to teaching, others to commerce, yet others to medicine, architecture, to an artisanship, and so on.

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George Monbiot – How Freedom Became Tyranny

George Monbiot – How Freedom Became Tyranny | Demystifying Political Ideology | Scoop.it
Rightwing libertarians have turned “freedom” into an excuse for greed and exploitation. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th December 2011 Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation.
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Power Imbalance: The Difference Between Liberal and Libertarian Philosophy - Forbes

Power Imbalance:  The Difference Between Liberal and Libertarian Philosophy - Forbes | Demystifying Political Ideology | Scoop.it

Just as enforcing personal morality seems to be a unifying principle behind many conservative appeals for government interventionism, liberals seem to be driven by a desire to reverse perceived power imbalances. Libertarians are driven by neither of these.

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