Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Liberty is generally considered a concept of political philosophy and identifies the condition in which an individual has the ability to act according to his or her own will as long as they dont harm another person. Can liberty be broken up into two different catagories positive and negative? A negative liberty is stated to be a liberty that gives us the ability to make our own choices. A positive liberty refers to the states active aid in our endeavors. The most common use of liberty is the use negative liberty and we see this in the first amendment. According to libitarians the most important liberty is the view of a negative liberty and that it is the most important of all values. The main focus of the negative liberty is to achieve our goals and without the goals this view would be empty. The government provides the positive liberties in that they provide student loans and grants along with libraries, public transportation, roads, parks, and other positive liberties. To understand the argument for governments positive liberties can be privitized there must be a complete understanding of the two liberties. If we were to privatize the roads of even schools this will make for those not able to pay not able to get an education. This will only make for more illiteracy in our country and with educated people they would rely on crimes to get there source of income. I dont agree with the idea of positive liberty trying to privitze things that shouldnt be privitized because the marginal cost will be greater than the marginal benefit which wouldnt be rational.
Posted by Mark Brehm at 9:55 AM