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Debate: Moral Foundations of Liberty

On Tuesday, April 30th Young Americans for Liberty at The University of Colorado Boulder will be hosting an exciting and unique debate over the moral foundations of political liberty, pitting three distinct perspectives against each other to make the case for why each is right and most helpful in the fight for a free society.

Dr. Ed Hudgins of the Atlas Society will present the Objectivist perspective-- One’s own happiness is one’s highest goal, with reason as one’s guide, and liberty is necessary in society with others in order to achieve one’s personal goals and that freedom must be protected by a limited government.

Dr. Adam Hosein will present the liberal or social perspective--Liberal democracies should be devoted to promoting freedom and equality. These values are sometimes in tension, but we should do our best to reconcile them, and often can.

Dr. Michael Huemer will present the argument or moral underpinnings for a stateless libertarian society--libertarianism can be supported by appeal to common sense morality. Huemer specifically avoids deriving political philosophy from some grand, general theory of the universe, human nature, the nature of all values, etc. Instead, he begins with nearly universal positions on important issues and works to lead his audience to conclusions that are consistent with anarcho-capitalism.

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  • Kevin H.
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