Negative and Positive Liberty
While government is often viewed as the enemy of individual freedom, T.H. Green argued that
government action is often required to provide the basis for people to be fee to develop their
Negative freedom: the absence of physical and legal restraints of actions; doesn’t necessarily
make us free.
Positive freedom: You have the freedom to accomplish what you want with assistance. If we
think it is a positive power or capacity of doing something worthwhile or enjoying, then
individuals in a primitive society with little/no government are less free than modern citizens,
who are subject to laws.
Modern society presents greater opportunities