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Lecture: Dr. Brandon Turner on Two Kinds of Liberalism

March 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and available on a first come first served basis…

Join The Nassau Institute at The University of The Bahamas Tuesday, March 13, 2018 for a lecture by Brandon Turner on ”Two Kinds of Liberalism” in the lecture hall at the Harry C. Moore Library at of The University of The Bahamas starting at 6:30pm.


His talk, Two Kinds of Liberalism, presents the history of liberal thought through two competing conceptions of what a free society ought to look like. According to “top-down” liberals, the most fundamental facts of a free society are individual rights, and governments gain or lose legitimacy precisely to whatever extent they recognize and protect individual rights. From the perceptive of “bottom-up” liberals, however, rights are only part of the puzzle, and individual rights must be balanced against competing values and institutions in order to maintain a recognizably free society. The “top-down/bottom-up” approach to interpreting the liberal tradition allows us to make sense of the great theoretical diversity in liberal thought and offers ways to reconcile conflicts between, for example, libertarianism, conservatism, and varieties of market-anarchism

About the Speaker:

Brandon Turner is Associate Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, where he is jointly appointed in the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. His work is in political theory and, in particularly, the history of political thought. His academic work has appeared in Political Theory, Polity, and Review of Politics, though he has also blogged at Learn Liberty, Liberal Currents, and elsewhere.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of :

Templeton Religion Trust

Compass Point Beach Resort

Bahamas Wholesale Agencies Limited

Go Ahead Biscuits

Arizona Drinks



March 13, 2018
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Nassau Institute
(242) 302-0130 ext 2226


Harry C. Moore Library – University of The Bahamas

Thought to Ponder

There is all the difference in the world, however, between two kinds of assistance through government that seem superficially similar: first, 90 percent of us agreeing to impose taxes on ourselves in order to help the bottom 10 percent, and second, 80 percent voting to impose taxes on the top 10 percent to help the bottom 10 percent -- William Graham Sumner's famous example of B and C decided what D shall do for A. The first may be wise or unwise, an effective or ineffective way to help the disadvantaged -- but it is consistent with belief in both equality of opportunity and liberty. The second seeks equality of outcome and is entirely antithetical to liberty.Milton Friedman
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