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Liberty, security and the degenerative cycle of democracy


Barclay, William


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Abstract Unfortunately, modern liberals have long misrepresented and misused the foundational principles of liberalism, in order to claim that the fundamental function of every democratic state is the pursuit of its citizens’ liberty, as well as to viciously attack all states and leaders that do not consider liberty to be sacrosanct. Via an appeal to the essential works of liberalism and realism, this paper has thoroughly contradicted the claims of modern liberalism and has definitively argued that security, not liberty, is the fundamental purpose of every state. Furthermore, this paper has comprehensively analyzed the USA, in order to demonstrate that, if a state sacrifices the liberty of its citizenry in order to maintain its national security, then the state’s actions are not merely just and ethical vis-à-vis its citizenry, but, rather, fulfill the state’s fundamental, protective, function and are, in fact, an inevitable, benevolent, aspect of the state’s existence.
Thesaurusschlagwörter democracy; political system; liberalism; rights of personal liberty; Locke, J.; Machiavelli, N.; Montesquieu; Tocqueville, A.; United States of America; security; freedom; political ideology
Klassifikation Allgemeines, spezielle Theorien und Schulen, Methoden, Entwicklung und Geschichte der Politikwissenschaft
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2016
Seitenangabe S. 60-74
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 2 (2016) 1
ISSN 1857-9760
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung