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    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
    • Threats to liberty today
    • Preserving the ideal of individual freedom
    • A moral justification is necessary - The strongest moral argument
  • 04:08    |    
    Analysis of the justifications for liberty
    • A clear definition of liberty
    • Justifications for liberty in the Libertarian intellectual tradition
    • The historical justification
    • The personal philosophical justification
    • The consequential justification
    • The economic justification - Analysis of revealed preferences
  • 16:18    |    
    The moral justification for liberty
    • Benefits to a self-justifying argument
    • Merely a moral foundation
  • 20:20    |    
    The ideal moral argument for liberty
    • Humans as rational agents
    • Protecting individuals' ability to create and assign value
  • 26:51    |    
    Adding content to the principle
  • Liberty as a means to the rational creation of value
  • 31:25    |    
    Grounding for all other justifications
  • 34:28    |    
    Questions and comments section
    • How do governments interfere with each person's right to freedom? How can we reconcile the existence of government and preserving the exercise of thisn right?
    • Does using force to preserve people's individual rights, translate to being free?
    • What do you refer to as: "natural rights"?
    • How moral religious arguments interfere with the maintenance of individual liberty?
    • Is conflict one of the consequences of liberty?
    • How would you make individuals aware of their rational capacity?
    • Can individuals only do good when they are aware of their rational capacity?
    • Could a child autonomously exercise rational capacity to do good?
    • Should liberties be limited or supported by government?
    • Mises states that freedom is not conceivable without society. Would you like to comment on that premise?
    • Can you elaborate on the relationship between liberty and responsibility?
    • Do you think that our understanding of freedom is dependent on our interactions within society?
    • Do you think that in such a society, there will be a contrast between individuals who seek to respect freedom, and individuals who take advantage of othersn and disrespect their liberties? How can these two groups coexist with democracy, when majorities have a strong influence in public policy?
    • Re-statement of the Moral Justification of Liberty
  • 01:02:24    |    
    Final words
  • 01:02:34    |    
    Final credits

The Moral Foundations of Liberty

New Media  | 18 de octubre de 2012  | Vistas: 41

Alexander McCobin makes a case for a moral justification of liberty as a grounding for all other justifications. According to McCobin, no society has ever achieved the ideal of full liberty. Increasing government regulation, economic policies, and political tendencies, however, currently present dangerous threats to existing individual freedom. In order to preserve this ideal, he proposes a justification that not only unifies all libertarian thought, but is also more persuasive than any other explanation. A moral justification, unlike the historical and economic justifications, is self-justifying.

McCobin argues that the correct moral argument for liberty must be an uncontroversial premise that everyone can agree to. For him, the strongest moral argument is as follows: Individuals have an innate ability to provide value in the world through the use of reason. Moreover, humans assign value to the consequences of their actions, beyond questions of survival. Liberty should not be viewed as an element on its own, but rather as a tool - the ideal means - for individuals to exercise their rational capacity. In this line of thought, the moral justification of liberty is the most stable basis for all other justifications.


Alexander McCobin is founder and president of Students for Liberty. He…