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A Short History of English Liberalism

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Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 132,990 / 410 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 38
LoC Category: JC
Downloads: 836
Added to site: 2010.12.21
mnybks.net#: 29972
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Politics, History
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rinciples of conduct, declines to thrust its own ideas upon unwilling associates, and works in harmony with other races instead of in opposition to them.

It is not suggested here that it is any part of the Liberal doctrine to seek peace at any price, or to turn the other cheek to the smiter. A vital condition of the existence of morality is that moral persons shall be ready at all times to defend it. To suffer wanton aggression is as fatal to a nation as to an individual. It is a mere encouragement to the general infringement of rights which means the dissolution of international morality. Liberal patriotism exists, though it is of a different kind from that patriotism which is so conspicuous a feature of our modern Imperialism. Imperialist patriotism is often a vulgar assertion of selfish power. Liberal patriotism is a means of diminishing national selfishness. Just as the Liberal believes that the best life within the nation is produced by the growth of free individuality, so he believes that the bes

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