Is liberalism compatible with economic freedom?
Taylor’s problems with liberalism
o Too much individualism
o Technology over humanity uncritical acceptance of technology
o Principle of alienation isolated from society in but not within
o Hypertrophy too much choice, too much of a good thing
What is to be done?
Barber the need for “strong democracy”
o Civic education knowledge needed to take a position ask too little
o Collective interests need to pay attention to the whole of society
o To see politics as an end in itself
What is the good life
Liberalism raises questions about…
o The need for real participation
Discussion about ends as well as means
o How to get an engaged citizenry?
o Does pursuit of private interest= public good?
o Contradiction between representation and freedom
Democracy is more than what we do during elections
Barber: Do we practise politics as “zoo keeping”?
o Animals kept in a cage don’t know we are not free
o Civil society as a jungle
o State to keep different species apart
Consumer who is self-interested and acquisitive
Freedom to pursue the most banal ends
What do these respond to?
That liberalism does not create the right kind of community (quality)
o Atomism: individual and his rights > society
o Self sufficiency of the individual
o Ambiguous on the role of the state
o Primacy of the rights theories vs. principle of belonging or obligation
That liberalism does not crea