Constant and The Rise of Liberalism

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Constant and the Rise of Liberalism
Benjamin Constant
Fervent liberal
Context: French revolution and its aftermath
Question: How should free people govern themselves.
Model Rejected
Liberty of ancients
Participatory Greek democracy/perception
Direct –directly discuss.
Public liberty Freedom of community self government /collective
Not include private freedom
They would do it themselves
Greeks thought society as a whole would make decisions
Dependant on a class of people who did not engage in commerce of even work
Big decisions were decisions on war.
*most important thing now is trade –peace that will allow for commerce to take
place.
Liberty of Moderns Our Perception of Freedom
Not really freedom to more like freedom from (Bein Isaiah_
Legal protection
Limited government
We are all liberals
Freedom is individual rather than communal
All of us driven by commerce and private property instead of a war
Contradiction of Constant
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Benjamin constant: fervent liberal, context: french revolution and its aftermath, question: how should free people govern themselves. *most important thing now is trade peace that will allow for commerce to take place. Liberty of moderns our perception of freedom: not really freedom to more like freedom from (bein isaiah_ Limited government: we are all liberals, freedom is individual rather than communal, all of us driven by commerce and private property instead of a war. Contradiction of constant www. notesolution. com: how to organize human society big problems, modern liberty is better than ancient liberty and pre-modern despotism, we prefer representative oppose to direct government that just leave it to be happy. Freedom of the team : commerce contradict with: if we don"t watch after government then the whole thing will come crashing down have a certain amount of public commitment it will fall. Traditional society: scarcity people had what they had/ no commerce, not geared towards maker/ people lived subsistent lives.

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