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Justice - Lecture 11

Lecture 11 - Choice-Based Libertarianism

- What does Friedman mean by "liberty?"
- What is a "right to liberty," and why is there such a right? Are all kinds of liberty of equal importance? Or are some liberties more important than others?
- It is sometimes said (as in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution) that government ought to make laws that promote the general welfare. What does that mean? Does Friedman agree? Do laws made for the general welfare ("the good of the people," as Locke put it) violate the basic right to liberty?
- Friedman accepts certain kinds of anti-poverty programs and public spending on education as legitimate uses of tax dollars. How does Friedman make the case that an anti-poverty program might promote the general welfare (how does it promote the welfare of people who are not poor)?
- Why is it illegitimate for the government to promote what Friedman calls "equality of treatment?"

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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