Liberalism and Morality
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Liberalism takes the natural physical individual as the ultimate social reality and views him as an essentially possessive and private being shut up in his own subjectivity. The Liberal moral life centres essentially around the notion of reciprocity. The Liberal feels inferior when he is 'under' an obligation, and awaits an opportunity when he can be 'free' again to look his benefactor straight in his eye as an equal. The moral life as it has developed in the Liberal society has inevitably acquired a number of distinctive features. The Liberal society regards man as an essentially self-centred creature who cannot but pursue his own interest. A non-Liberal therefore is not necessarily illiberal, and a person who attacks Liberalism is not necessarily an enemy of liberty. Liberal morality to resolve the contradictions of his own morality. Thus morality is ultimately anchored in a quasi-natural principle that is itself placed outside morality.