Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 1 Introduction

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    • 00:03

      NIGEL ASHFORD: So what I want to look at todayis what is the proper role of government?What should governments do, and what should they not do?Classical liberals all agree that governmentshould be limited, but they disagree about howthey get to that conclusion.And it's those differences that I really want to look at today.My goal is not to advocate one or other of these positions.

    • 00:25

      NIGEL ASHFORD [continued]: I certainly have a view on those questions,but I want to approach it with some degreeof intellectual humility.As I will say, I know some of the things I believe inare wrong, I just don't know which ones.So how do I discover what of my ideas are wrong?I can only do that by articulating, presenting them

    • 00:46

      NIGEL ASHFORD [continued]: as clearly as possible, and listeningto people's disagreement where they thinkI'm wrong on those issues.And I get that little bit closer to the truth.And that's what I want to encourageyou to do today is to look at these different ideas,think about these different ideas,and come to your own conclusions about which of theseyou agree with and which of these ideas

    • 01:07

      NIGEL ASHFORD [continued]: that you disagree with.And I want to approach it by lookingat three different questions that anyoneconcerned about the role of government should care about.So the first question is, how do wedecide what the role of government should be?What is the methodology or the philosophythat will determine how we decide this question?

    • 01:29

      NIGEL ASHFORD [continued]: Secondly, why should government be limited?Unless you're a totalitarian, that is,someone who believes that government should controlevery aspect of your life, then youbelieve that government should be limited.The question then becomes, why doyou think it should be limited?Should it be limited because of the consequences of government

    • 01:49

      NIGEL ASHFORD [continued]: actions, or should it be limited because peoplehave natural rights, which government should notinterfere with?And then the third question is, what is the legitimate roleof government?What should governments do and what should governmentsnot to do?I'm going to ask those three questions with referenceto five different schools of thought, all classical liberal,

    • 02:12

      NIGEL ASHFORD [continued]: all believe that liberty is the most important political valuebut disagree on these three fundamental questions.[MUSIC PLAYING]

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 1 Introduction

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Professor Nigel Ashford begins his discussion of Classical Liberalism. In this segment he introduces the ideas of intellectual humility and asks why a government should have limitations.

Schools of Thought in Classical Liberalism, Part 1 Introduction

Professor Nigel Ashford begins his discussion of Classical Liberalism. In this segment he introduces the ideas of intellectual humility and asks why a government should have limitations.

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