Liberalism, German Politics and FNF in the Philippines

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Liberalism, German Politics and FNF in the Philippines

  1. 1. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism, German Politics and FNF in the Philippines Jules Maaten Country Director Philippines, FNF May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell Presentation at a joint meeting of Rotary Club of Taguig Fort Bonifacio, Rotary Club of Makati Pio del Pilar, RI District 3830 Metro Club, Rockwell Center, Makati City, Philippines
  2. 2. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism It is the philosophy of liberty It is a philosophy of empowerment Origin in protecting the individual against institutions of power May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  3. 3. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism “The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilised community, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant” John Stuart Mill (1859) May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  4. 4. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism in politics Protection of individual rights Equality of all human beings under the law Balance and separation of powers Belief in liberal representative democracy Balance between majority rule and the rights of the minority Weary of (state) authority, but state is rights guarantor Limitation and decentralisation of government powers Separation of church and state May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  5. 5. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism “Our faith in freedom does not rest on the foreseeable results in particular circumstances but on the belief that it will, on balance, release more forces for the good than for the bad” Friedrich A. von Hayek (1960) May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  6. 6. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism in economics Belief in free enterprise and free markets with many players Protection of private property Support for free trade Privatisation of services better provided by the private sector Competition, no private monopolies Role for state where market does not function (education, environment, culture, social policies) Don’t leave debts to future generations May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  7. 7. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism “The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.” John Locke (1690) May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  8. 8. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism in society Protection and expansion of civil rights and liberties Free speech, religious freedom and freedom of association A free, strong and active civil society Personal freedom, social inclusion and tolerance Equal rights for everybody Protection of our environment and that of our children May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  9. 9. www.fnf.org.ph Liberalism “Liberalism is trust of the people, tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people, tempered by fear.” William E. Gladstone (1866) May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  10. 10. www.fnf.org.ph A way of life Trust and confidence in people Responsibility Tolerance and respect Question authority Unconvinced by violence and extremism Conviction and argument Optimism May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  11. 11. www.fnf.org.ph A way of life It’s all about freedom! May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  12. 12. www.fnf.org.ph FNF Philippines May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell Human rights Economic freedom Good governance Climate change It’s All About Freedom
  13. 13. www.fnf.org.ph German politics The Merkel era (2005-) Beacon of stability FDP in extra-parliamentarian opposition May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  14. 14. www.fnf.org.ph European politics Germany at the centre of most successful international project ever Economic Monetary Political Dissociation from Europeans European Elections May 22-25 2014 May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  15. 15. www.fnf.org.ph In conclusion: political craft Politics is the art of the possible. (Otto von Bismarck, 1867) Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. (John Kenneth Galbraith, 1962) May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  16. 16. www.fnf.org.ph In conclusion: political craft The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible. (Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1969) May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  17. 17. www.fnf.org.ph Maraming salamat po May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
  18. 18. www.fnf.org.ph May 6, 2014 Rotary @ Rockwell
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