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The United States of America in known throughout the world as the benchmark of a free society The U S A believes in a complex philosophy of liberalism The question is where did this complex idea come from Well I say it was inherited from the early settlers of the American Colonies and it has been transforming ever since and is now the form we see today I intend to prove that Puritan Theology and culture Anti-Federalist arguments and Federalist political thought have all been profound influences on this idea of liberalism By liberalism we mean that Americans tend to look first to the individual as the source of value rather than to an imposed dogmatic creed or hierarchy American Political Thinking The way we look at liberalism in America today there are two strands of it The first strand which is called Classical Liberalism is the idea that peoples property rights their protection and a free economic market are more important than human welfare This was the only type of liberalism there was for a while until some people thought that human rights were more important than the latter This change in thought is called the progressive movement This movement was created by a rise in the great concentrations of urban wealth This movement was in opposition to the Laizze Fair attitudes of the Classical Liberals They did not see the poor as being poor because they were stupid lazy or inferior but rather because of an unfair social and economic system This leads progressive advocates to want to redistribute the wealth among all of the people It is important to realize that both these ideas are considered to be contained in the general term of liberalism A good example of it in todays American society is are ever-present political parties The Republicans consist of ideas that are generally based on classical liberalism and Democrats lean more towards the progressive side
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