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On the Ideas of Liberty

Updated on December 19, 2019
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John Winthrop

The Reverend John Winthrop was the governor of pilgrims. During his time as governor Winthrope the two of liberty: Natural and Federal liberty.

Natural Liberty/ Libertatrianism

Natural Liberty idea is the state of nature. In other words, natural liberty means you can do whatever you want whenever you want, there are no consequences for your actions accept natural ones. This idea is not compatible with an orderly society.

Natural Liberty and Libertarianism

Libertarianism is the idea a person can do as they wish, as long as they do not transgress against another person (non- aggression principle). At the core of libertarianism is natural liberty. This can be seen in the idea a person can do as they wish. The only arbitrary barrier to liberty is the non-aggression principle. This principle is arbitrary because it is there with no basis. The non- aggression principle has no foundation on which to stand on. It does not come from a holy text or natural law. Instead, the non- aggression principle is pulled out thin air. and for the most part, ibertarianism is in line with the idea of natural liberty.

Natural Liberty and Govermeant

Ordered society depends on some entity to maintain order, and government is the vehicle of maintaining order. Natural Liberty is opposed to government since its essence is one of chaos. Libertarianism believes in the idea of natural liberty, so in following their beliefs libertarians oppose government since there core belief natural liberty.

Fedral Liberty

Federal liberty is the idea a person has the freedom to do what is right or do as they please within moral confines. These moral confine as Winthrop believed are based in the Bible and the natural law.

Fedral Liberty and Conservative Christianity

As I have already stated, Federal Liberty is the liberty to do what is moral. And this morality comes from the Bible. Federal Liberty is at the core of Christian thought. Christians believe they can only rightfully take in the liberty of doing what is good. This means Christians wish to see society only use liberty in the confines of biblical morality.

Fedral Liberty and Goverment

Now because Federal Liberty is the idea a person can only exercise liberty within moral bounds, it is compatible with an orderly society. And Christians seek to use government to enforce morality, in order to make an orderly and just society.

© 2019 B Blackstone

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