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Ideologies and Political TheoryA Conceptual Approach$
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Michael Freeden

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019829414X.001.0001

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Socialism, Liberty, and Choice

Socialism, Liberty, and Choice

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(p.456) 12 Socialism, Liberty, and Choice
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Ideologies and Political Theory
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Michael Freeden (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019829414X.003.0013

The ideas of liberation and emancipation were integral to the Continentalist socialist tradition, while within the British socialist tradition, as well as in non‐Marxist Continental socialism, both liberty and individuality were desirable values. The impact of British liberal ideas on socialism was also greatly amplified by J. S. Mill in remarks where he welcomed a cautious move to collective ownership, although he also cast doubt on the compatibility of socialism with the free and spontaneous development of individuals. This chapter looks at socialism in relation to liberty and choice in six sections: (a) The pursuit of liberalism by other means; (b) Equality and liberty: a partnership of equals?; (c) The fundamental nature of revisionism; (d) Continental comparisons; (e) The perimeter problem of market socialism; and (f) A note on other socialisms.

Keywords:   British socialism, choice, Continental socialism, emancipation, equality, ideology, individuality, liberalism, liberty, market socialism, J. S. Mill, revisionism, socialism

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