What is liberalism? 1

Liberals believe in the inherent dignity of each individual human life. Each individual is entitled to freedom – of thought, action, association and conscience.

Liberals believe we have a moral responsibility to care for ourselves and to care for others.

Liberals believe we have a moral responsibility to see to it that individual’s opportunities in life are not limited by the circumstances of their birth – by sheer dumb luck.

Liberals believe we have a moral responsibility to reduce suffering in the world. We are our brother’s keeper.

Liberals believe in freedom, opportunity, and security for every last person.

Out of these core values, other principles emerge. Two of which are:

Democracy is the best system of government, because it is rule by the individuals who are governed.

Truth is arrived at through freedom of thought, reflection, evidence, and argumentation.

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