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Single Idea 21519

[catalogued under 25. Society / C. Social Justice / 2. Social Freedom / e. Freedom of lifestyle]

Full Idea

Security and liberty are only the negative conditions for good political institutions. When they have been won, we need also the positive condition: encouragement of creative energy.

Gist of Idea

We need security and liberty, and then encouragement of creativity


Bertrand Russell (Political Ideals [1917], 1)

A Reaction

This sounds like some sort of liberal socialism. The nearest connection I can see is to the 'capabilities approach' of Martha Nussbaum. How do you intervene to encourage creativity?

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Political Ideals' [Spokesman 2007], p.18