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    Tim Farron’s resignation and the hidden limits of liberalism

Tim Farron’s resignation and the hidden limits of liberalism

Tim Farron explained that his resignation was due to his conservative Christian beliefs having hampered the liberal views of his party. Paula Zoido Oses analyses this argument and explains how liberalism can work in public life.

Tim Farron,recently stepped down as the leader of the Liberal Democrats due to a conflict between his Christian Faith and the liberal values defended […]

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    Female-only carriages: Corbyn’s proposal shows an alarming lack of understanding of the real causes of harassment

Female-only carriages: Corbyn’s proposal shows an alarming lack of understanding of the real causes of harassment

Jeremy Corbyn’s consideration of female-only carriages in public transport shows an ignorance of the causes of sexual harassment and what it may take to solve the issue, argues Paula Zoido-Oses.

Jeremy Corbyn recently said he would consider the possibility of introducing female-only carriages in public transport as a means of reducing harassment rates. After having faced some serious backlash regarding this issue, his team […]

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    The ‘Je suis Charlie’ movement is indeed polarising and divisive, but the division it creates is necessary for the enjoyment of liberal freedoms

The ‘Je suis Charlie’ movement is indeed polarising and divisive, but the division it creates is necessary for the enjoyment of liberal freedoms

In the wake of the attack in Paris on the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, discussion has centred around freedo of speech and whether Charlie Hebdo had gone too far in offending others. Paula Zoido-Oses writes that being offended is the small and unavoidable fee we all have to pay in order to enjoy liberal freedoms. Far from being oppressive or xenophobic, Charlie […]

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    It is the state’s duty to make sure that individuals have a choice where liberal and illiberal values clash

It is the state’s duty to make sure that individuals have a choice where liberal and illiberal values clash

Should liberal communities accommodate communities that praise ‘illiberal’ values? After all, a state-driven imposition of a single set of values in the name of liberalism is, if nothing else, a clearly contradictory interpretation of liberalism. Forcing people to be free is just as bad as forcing them to be unfree, argues Paula Zoido-Oses.

Last week notices appeared in Stamford Hill indicating – […]

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    The problem with nudge policies is that they threaten our freedom to choose to act well

The problem with nudge policies is that they threaten our freedom to choose to act well

At the heart of the debate about nudge policy is a debate about the freedom to choose. Some would argue that the freedom to act according to one’s own wishes without any external coercion is essential. The state, on the other hand, would do best to point out that by accepting to live in our current liberal state we already accept that […]