Liberty and the Political Compass (or How Left-Wingism Is Anti-Liberty)

Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems 18 (3): 213-216 (1995)

Posted: 8 Nov 2019

Date Written: October 29, 1995

Abstract

With respect to the phenomenal distinction that is conventionally made between ‘personal’ and ‘economic’ liberty, I do accept that “there is no logical incoherence in claiming that constraint of one can lead to an increase in the other.” Though, as Cole understands, I doubt the conceptual coherence of the distinction (let us call this view the ‘identity thesis’). So I assert that though the personal/economic distinction is conceptually dubious, it can stand unproblematically as illustrating the phenomenal distinctions that people do make. I cannot see how “this inherent conceptual tension at two points of the compass does threaten it with collapse” as a phenomenal illustration as well, if that is what Cole means (as his “despite Lester’s protests” indicates).

Keywords: liberty, libertarianism, political compass, left-wing

Suggested Citation

Lester, J. C., Liberty and the Political Compass (or How Left-Wingism Is Anti-Liberty) (October 29, 1995). Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems 18 (3): 213-216 (1995) , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3477522

J. C. Lester (Contact Author)

London School of Economics ( email )

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London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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