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Constant and The Rise of Liberalism

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Political Science
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POL101Y1
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Jeffrey Kopstein

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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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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 democracyperception 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
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