Freedom and Flourishing

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Blog Tags:liberty, happiness, well-being, utility, flourishing, self-actualization, economics, institutions, ethics
Country:Australia

This blog explores links between freedom (liberty) and human flourishing



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Dear readers, this article summarises the conclusions of a series of recent posts on this blog relating to freedom, liberty and natural rights.It might help you in reading the article to think of it as an outline of the chapter on freedom in a book a...

Dear readers, this article summarises the conclusions of a series of recent posts on this blog relating to freedom, liberty and natural rights.It might help you in reading the article to think of it as an outline of the chapter on freedom in a book a...

A statement made last year by Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) prompted me to take another look at it  In her state...

People who understand that self-direction is essential to their own flourishing have no difficulty grasping how liberty has potential to promote peacefulness. Such people usually advocate the non-aggression principle, which requires them to refrain f...

In preceding articles on this blog I have traced the evolution of the concept of natural rights from ancient reasoning about natural law to the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776. The importance of the Declaration’s assertion of natural right...

Given that the United States was founded by politicians, is there is any point trying to understand why any particular words were included in the Declaration of Independence? I think there is.The politicians who drafted the Declaration in 1776 seem t...

In Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1723 -1790) famously wrote that when all systems of government preferment or restraint for particular “species of industry” are removed, “the obvious and simple system of natural liberty establishes itself of i...