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Democracy versus liberty

Watch Genevieve talking about the relationship between democracy and liberty.

Watch and listen to Genevieve talking about the relationship between liberty and democracy.

Clearly, some important questions come from the tension between the two.

Think about these two questions and share your responses in the comments below.

  • How far do you think the state should go in restricting the liberties of its citizens in order to serve the common good?

  • Nowadays, we are hearing more and more examples of mob rule on social media. Mob rule is when political situations are controlled by those who are not in any legal position of power. How desirable do you think this is? Can mob rule ever be responsible for positive change, in your opinion?

  • The right to life is often thought of as a fundamental human right. Yet, many people would argue for the restoration of the death penalty. Should some rights be protected even if a majority opposes them?

In the next step you will watch people talking more about questions of liberty and democracy. You’ll have the chance to share your ideas with other learners in the group.

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