It is not good for any country if a large proportion of its younger, energetic, educated and enterprising citizens are seeking better lives elsewhere. It is not good for freedom in such places if too many local liberals choose to change countries rather than changing their own country. Ours will therefore be an inclusive, liberal patriotism, capacious and sympathetically imaginative enough to embrace citizens with multiple identities. Membership of the nation is defined in civic, not ethnic or völkisch terms; this is not a nation-state, in a narrow sense, but an état-nation, a state-nation. Such an open, positive, warm-hearted version of the nation is capable of appealing not just to dry reason but also to the deep human need for belonging and the moral imperative of solidarity.
The stimuli on the screen were viewed by the participant at a distance of 80 cm, and the Go and NoGo stimuli subtended 2.5°, and the fixation cross subtended 0.6°. The monitor was driven using ViSaGe MKII (Cambridge Research Systems Ltd., Rochester, UK). We used scores from 0 to 10 intentionally, in order to avoid an association between positive and negative values and L/C, especially during the self-assessment. Subsequently, we deducted five points from the reported values in order for the scale to correspond to the Am2007.
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Am2007 registered the electroencephalogram from 29 derivations but the evaluation of the relationship between political orientation and ERN was conducted only for the FCz localization, and for the N2 peak a response registered from the Cz electrode was used. In our experiment, we recorded EEG from FCz, Cz, A2 derivations, an electrooculogram from two electrodes above the right eye and at its canthus, a referential electrode was on the left earlobe A1. EEG was registered in the frequency band 0.3–100 Hz at a sampling frequency of 1,024 Hz (TrueScan EEG, Alien s.r.o., Hronov, Czech Republic) in a Faraday cage with the background brightness at approx. Liberalism – the comparatively mild-mannered sibling to the more ardent camps of nationalism and socialism – has never been so divisive as today. From Putin’s populism, the Trump administration and autocratic rulers in democracies the world over, it has both thrived and failed under identity politics, authoritarianism, social media and a weakened free press the world over. Liberalism – the comparatively mild-mannered sibling to the more ardent camps of nationalism and socialism – has never been so divisive as today.
- Now, a reasonable objection might well be that Hobbes and Locke were conducting thought experiments about social relations and how society should be formed, rather than describing an actual state of nature.
- Nevertheless, the party looked well placed to win the election due in 1915, and although by no means all Liberals were converts to the new thinking, it was the success and popularity of the New Liberal fiscal and social programmes that underpinned the government’s continuing support.
- It is not good for any country if a large proportion of its younger, energetic, educated and enterprising citizens are seeking better lives elsewhere.
- JK, MP, DM, and JL prepared the experiment and wrote the article.
There is, Mill tells us, “no necessity for a universal synthesis.” Indeed, the pursuit of maximalist, one-size-fits-all solutions was part of the rationalistic hubris of technocratic Liberalism over the last 30 years. It strayed too far from Karl Popper’s “piecemeal engineering.” For liberalism should never be a closed system but rather an open method, a combination of evidence-based realism and moral aspiration, always ready to learn from others’ and our own mistakes. China’s unprecedented Leninist-capitalist version of developmental authoritarianism is now a systemic rival to liberal democracy, just as fascist and communist regimes were for much of the 20th century. It offers developing societies in Asia, Africa and Latin America an alternative path to modernity.
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Recall that John Stuart Mill’s day job was in the East India Company and he thought that colonised peoples in their “nonage” were not ready for his refined liberties. Some of the worst horrors that human beings have inflicted on other human beings—violent conquest, torture, genocide, slavery—were justified by reference to the highest ideals of liberty, civilisation and enlightenment. Countries like Britain—and the English in particular—have done a remarkable job of forgetting this; the rest of the world has not. Much of what I have discussed thus far can be fitted under the broad rubric of “levelling up.” What about levelling down? Theoretically, a liberal might argue that if everyone has enough for an equal opportunity in life then there is no problem with a few people having much more than enough. Levelling up will be expensive and cannot be paid for without taking some more money from the super-rich, who have done exceptionally well out of globalisation, but also from the so-called “comfortably off,” that is, middle-class people like me.
Yet even if one were to take the most selfish, narrow view of the agenda for a new liberalism—one that was exclusively about defending freedom inside currently free countries—it would fail if it did not address some very large issues beyond our borders. The two elections of 1910 were triggered by the Lords’ rejection of Lloyd George’s ‘People’s Budget’, which contained increases in income tax and excise duties, new taxes on cars, petrol and land, and a new supertax for those with incomes above £5,000. All these measures were designed to raise revenue for the social spending of the New Liberal programme, and also higher defence expenditure as the arms race with Germany gathered speed. Goaded by Lloyd George’s inflammatory speeches, in November 1909 the Lords voted the Finance Bill down, an eventuality that had not occurred for more than 250 years. The elections of January and December 1910 were therefore fought on the issue of the limitation of the Lords’ veto. Since both saw the Liberals returned to power , the King acceded to Asquith’s request to create, if required, enough new peers to overcome the Lords’ inbuilt Unionist majority.