- Aldous Blair
- Vancouver B.c
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How might we come to liberal universal virtues?
General enough to be politically universal, but specific enough to promote action and be liberal in the centrist sense. Please read first, and accuse me of contradictions after.
I would agree with many leaders today who want a return of morals and virtue to politics. The difficulty is doing so for the sake of progressive causes not unlike Mahatma Gandhi, Martian Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, and in rhetoric Barack Obama.
I can only conclude the following virtues as universal, virtuous, and generically liberal in application:
Aristotle's Practical Wisdom (see Barry Schwartz)
Equality of Opportunity (Social mobility and business equity included)
Authenticity (public figures and politicians who are selfless in their honesty)
Public Dialogue (openly discussing our public mistakes to learn from them)
There is an idealism that is present with 'Authenticity' only for the sake of discussion. I'm also aware 'Public Dialogue' is far to generic a label, open for suggestions other than 'Trial and Error'.
How could this be constructively criticised or expanded upon?
I will check up twice a day.