Single Idea 23414

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / B. Nature of a State / 5. Culture]

Full Idea

According to liberal theory, a state which intervenes in the cultural market place to encourage any particular way of life restricts people's autonomy.

Gist of Idea

Liberals say state intervention in culture restricts people's autonomy


Will Kymlicka (Community [1993], 'social')

Book Reference

'A Companion to Contemporary Political Phil', ed/tr. Goodin,R.E/Pettit,Philip [Blackwell 1995], p.371

A Reaction

The communitarian idea is that the state should intervene, in order to foster the best aspects of communal culture. The dangers are obvious, and can be seen in any totalitarian state. A gentle hand on the tiller, perhaps? Increase the options?