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Single Idea 18662

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

Full Idea

The liberal right of man to freedom is not based on the union of man with man, but on the separation of man from man; it is the right to this separation.

Gist of Idea

Liberal freedom is the right to be separate, and ignores the union of man with man


Karl Marx (works [1860]), quoted by Will Kymlicka - Contemporary Political Philosophy: Intro 7.2.a

Book Reference

Kymlicka,Will: 'Contemporary Political Philosophy: an Intro' [OUP 1992], p.251

A Reaction

[quoted from an anthology] It is interesting that liberal freedom is the right NOT to be involved in politics, and even not to vote in elections. Home counties England (high hedges etc) is the embodiment of the freedom not to be involved in society.