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Single Idea 21495

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 6. Liberalism]

Full Idea

Political ideals must be based upon ideals for the individual life. The aim of politics should be to make the lives of individuals as good as possible.

Gist of Idea

Theoretical and practical politics are both concerned with the best lives for individuals

Source

Bertrand Russell (Political Ideals [1917], 1)

A Reaction

Russell floats between socialism and anarchism, but this foundational remark is classic liberalism.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Political Ideals' [Spokesman 2007], p.9