7 Principles of Liberalism

1. Inalienable Rights

Protecting the natural rights of every human being is the highest value of society.
Safeguarding those rights fosters respect towards the cultivation of the dignity of every person.

2. Democracy

A free citizenry protects their rights by upholding their constitution and holding their leaders and lawmakers accountable to it through free and fair elections.

3. Freedom of Speech

The foremost among these rights, and the guarantor of them all, is the right to express one’s opinions without censorship.

4. Economic Freedom

The prosperity of any nation is founded on its citizens. Therefore, property rights originating in individual self-ownership, including the right to one’s own labor and the fruits of that labor are inviolable.

5. Self-Reliance

The role of the political order is to secure not the common good itself, but only the necessary conditions for it. The state is not to provide for man’s every need, but to allow each man the
liberty to address them himself.

6. Equality before the law

Laws must be written so they do not prejudice or privilege any individual or group of individuals and all people should be presumed innocent until proven guilty by a fair trial.

7. Religious Freedom

The political order must not compel individuals to violate deeply held beliefs, nor shall religious compulsion be used to violate the natural rights of another.

Adapted from Liberalist Principles, by The Liberalist Society.