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Liberalism DividedA Study in British Political Thought 1914-1939$
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Michael Freeden

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198274322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198274327.001.0001

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Human Nature, Economic Laws, and the Reconstitution of Capitalism

Human Nature, Economic Laws, and the Reconstitution of Capitalism

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(p.127) 5 Human Nature, Economic Laws, and the Reconstitution of Capitalism
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Liberalism Divided
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198274327.003.0005

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

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