The Common Good – Freedom

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Other values: Preamble, Community Engagement, Equity, Stewardship, Fairness, An Ethical Culture

Freedom


We all have rights to the extent that they do not lessen the rights of others.

Examples

Reliance on traditional legal mechanisms and legislated rights, including a Human Rights Act.

Alternative values

There needs to be a balance between liberty and safety.


We are protected by the separation and dispersion of power between institutions – most important of these being executive government, parliament, an independent judiciary and open and diverse media.

Examples

Re-assertion of principles of Parliamentary democracy:

- Sovereignty of Parliament over ministers and executive.

- Responsibility of public service to Parliament.

- Policies to encourage media diversity.

Alternatives

Dispersed and separated power is inefficient. It makes for expensive conflict between institutions and can frustrate achievement of people's democratically-expressed wishes.


The realm of government is defined and limited; it respects and does not intrude on the private realm, except when the interests of those who are vulnerable to exploitation are at stake.

There is constitutional freedom of speech, worship and association, and constitutional separation of church and state.

Examples

Defined rights and roles, preferably constitutionally embedded, limiting intrusive powers of the state and of corporations, while allowing for protection of interests of the vulnerable.

Alternative values

Governments have a duty to defend and uphold community standards. People must be prohibited from yielding to their own self-destructive instincts.


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Other values: Preamble, Community Engagement, Equity, Stewardship, Fairness, An Ethical Culture

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