Classical Liberalism

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Liberalism is a political ideology of a “limited government aimed at securing personal liberty”. The main purpose of this ideology is to end absolutism and unpredictability. Classical Liberalism is one of the two branches of Liberalism. Its concentration is on civil rights and political choice. Additionally, it has a representative democracy meaning it is derived from the fact of elected officials representing a group. In this democracy, Classical Liberalism operates under the rule of law and advocates economic freedom.

Classical Liberalism has several components to name a few there is Individualism, Rule of Law and Limited Government. Individualism is honestly the core of all the other components of this political ideology. It focuses on
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As said in the strengths, Classical Liberalism can produce a lot of wealth, but the counter argument to that is it can be distributed improperly. An improper distribution can lead to wealthy individuals over powering the political system. If that occurs, they can care less about the individuals that are not wealthy and that can cause a contradiction in the concept of Classical Liberalism. In addition, those individuals will have more money to use towards campaigning and lobbying the government. Regards to Classical Liberalism being “selfish” it’s all about the individual rather than the state. This ideology has more self-interest than the interest of the common good. Also, some arguers will say Classical Liberalism is “selfish” because the wealthy individuals that get in to high positions are obligated to the Rule of Law. Another example is individuals are not required by the state to participate in charitable causes. Since Classical Liberals are allowed to make their own decisions, they can choose if they want to donate or not. So if Classical Liberals choose to donate that’s good, but if they don’t Classical Liberals wouldn’t consider themselves as…show more content…
I like how it focuses on individualism rather than the state. In addition, I like how it allows individuals to make their own economic and political decisions. In addition, I like that it has limited government which doesn’t let people in higher power be selfish, by just thinking about their own interest. I found Adams smith and John Locke contributions to Classical Liberalism very intriguing. With Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations his structure in his publication was well developed and had good points about understanding a new perspective of economics. With John Locke’s, Two Treatises of Government he told everyone his theories about the government, about the individual, and about power. John Locke was very courageous he wrote about the government knowing that it could be consequences in doing so. Moreover, I didn’t like the negative aspects of wealth in this philosophy. One example is when the wealthy are in power they don’t concern themselves with the wants and needs of the not so wealthy or the poor. I feel that is a contradiction because Classical Liberalism is supposed to benefit all individuals. Also, I didn’t like that it could be an improper distribution of the wealth. As elected representatives, they should want to support the interest of all individuals. Those wealthy elected representatives forget that the individuals elected them into their

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