• 00:00    |    
    Initial credits
  • 00:06    |    
  • Expanding the ideals of liberty and freedom
  • 01:58    |    
    Reasons for rejecting liberty
    • Discrepancies in wealth
    • Ignorance of the moral and philosophical arguments for liberty
    • Difficulty retaining complex arguments
    • Oversimplifying arguments
    • Non-aggression axiom
    • Employment of a philosophical and essentialist case for liberty
    • Three manifestations of a single libertarian idea: Individualism, individual rights and independent thinking
  • 06:40    |    
    Definitions of the trinity of liberty
    • Individualism
    • Individualism vs. collectivism
    • Collectivist ideals
    • Recognition of individual thought, effort and struggle
  • 12:54    |    
    Individual rights
    • Origins and explanation of individual rights
    • Moral principles identifying proper freedom
    • Where do rights come from?
    • Rights as objective truths
  • 17:48    |    
    Defending rights on their origin:
    • The objective rational standpoint
    • Independent thinking
  • 22:09    |    
    Altruism and the idea of rights
    • Evidence of self-sacrifice as a moral truth
    • Development of a morality compatible with individual rights
  • 26:21    |    
    Independent thinking and rationality
  • The definition of ´making sense´
  • 28:56    |    
    Morality and politics
    • What is the standard of moral value?
    • Is morality based on social consensus?
    • Arguments for the common views of morality
    • Thomas Jefferson on liberty
  • 32:40    |    
    The individual as a unifying concept
    • The morality of egoism
    • Egoism and its central virtue and elements
    • The ideology of individualism
  • 39:51    |    
    Questions and comments section
    • Where do rights come from?
    • Quote, n , Ayn Rand (1964)
    • Did you mean rights as objective truths or as recognitions?
    • How can we help markets to function better by fostering individual thinking?
    • What do you mean by reason? Was Immanuel Kant right in his imperative categories?
    • Is it possible to establish a general moral code regarding the differences of cultures and values?
    • What happens when people share different views inside a company? the different views people share in a company? What if my actions have an effect on othern people?
  • 01:14:43    |    
    Final credits

The Trinity of Liberty: Independence, Individualism and Individual Rights

New Media  | 06 de septiembre de 2012  | Vistas: 175

Craig Biddle speaks on the difficulties of defending and justifying liberty for others. According to him, there are many reasons why there is often a tendency to reject ideas of liberty. Genuine liberty results in important discrepancies in wealth. Over-simplified arguments and the failure to hold certain axioms true, are often challenges to its understanding.

For Biddle, using purely economic arguments is not enough. The solution lies in employing a philosophical and properly essentialist case for liberty. He uses a trinity to define the main important principles of liberty as independence, individualism, and individual rights. Independence is the idea that an individual’s life belongs to him/her, that the individual is sovereign and an end to him or herself. The individual is a fundamental unit who acts on individual rights, or moral principles that identify his/her proper freedom of action in a social context.

This trinity of liberty, Biddle says, should be unified as a manifestation of a broader value: the morality of egoism.. This morality of self interest and self responsibility states that each individual should hold the fruits and consequences to their actions. That each individual is responsible for its own life and needs, and also holds the benefits to their thoughts and effort. In order to defend liberty, advocates of liberty must broaden the realm of their concern, and have rational, objective arguments that are understood by others.


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Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín