Liberalism – Democracy
Liberalism - Democracy
Liberalism emphasizes the freedom of the individual. Individual freedom, responsibilities, rights and duties are the prerequisites for a free and open society. Some governments say a collective approach is needed to maintain social coherence. In fact, this is an excuse to curb freedom and to maintain power. Liberals believe that individual freedom benefits society. We see four pillars of society: political freedom, human rights, economic freedom and the rule of law. Democracy is the rule of the people, our rule. Free and fair elections, freedom of expression and the protection of human rights are essential. Respected, democratic parties are pillars of liberal democracy. In Southeast and East Asia, FNF works with more than a dozen liberal parties, many NGOs and some media organisations. We support networking.