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One would think after the 0911 attacks against the world trade center and the pentagon a liberal wouldnt believe in retaliation against Afghanistan because that would constitute perpetrating harmful acts However the attacks of 0911 were meant to cause terror which is also considered a harmful act and god forbid that should ever happen to the United States The goal of a classical liberal government is to give its people individual freedom equal opportunity and individual rights which includes keeping its people safe and preventing them from being harmed Classical liberalism dates back 400 years ago and is a European rooted system An example of an ideology of classical liberalism is that based on the premise that humans and chimps are ninety eight percent identical the two percent difference between the two is that we have the capacity to reason and that we act in self-interest This self-interest drives us to pursue individual freedom and happiness In classical liberalism the obstacles to individual freedom are Each other-we have a social contract with each other Government Religious conformity-religious beliefs are private Poverty Prejudice- not moving on from the past Ignorance-not knowing The key to liberalism is that your pursuit of happiness doesnt block anybody elses The idea is equality of opportunity In liberalism all men are created equally A liberal can be whatever heshe wants to be but also following the guidelines above Liberalism promotes a level playing field When the 0911 attacks occurred the rights and safety of the people of this country were violated and being that the roles of the government as far as the classical liberal ideology is concerned are Protection - to protect each individual form being harmed or feeling like theyre being harmed which would block their pursuit of happiness Also the Justice System which is a role of government is supposed to play a huge part In keeping individuals from being harmed the government enforces law and order Lastly
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