Human Nature, Economic Laws, and the Reconstitution of Capitalism

Michael Freeden

in Liberalism Divided

Published in print February 1986 | ISBN: 9780198274322
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599330 | DOI:
 Human Nature, Economic Laws, and the Reconstitution of Capitalism

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This chapter examines the moderate brand of progressive liberalism that gained prominence during the 1920s. Progressive centrist-liberalism overlapped on several issues. It accepted a certain role of the state, but refused to subscribe to a faith in the state as the disinterested agent of the community, reverting instead to a more individualistic conception of human nature and social relations. It magnified the ideological differences between liberalism and a socialist/trade-unionist Labour party. It was also less reflective, philosophically oriented, or synthetic in the broad cultural sense of integrating various braches of human knowledge.

Keywords: progressive liberalism; centrist-liberalism; new liberalism; Britain; efficiency; capitalism; capital levy

Chapter.  20233 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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