We seem to have retreated into a kind of private morality. But a private morality is a contradiction in terms.
Individual rights are the bedrock of a free society. In a liberal democracy, individuals have the moral right to make their own choices free from arbitrary intrusion – subject to the constraint that they do not interfere with the same freedoms in others. However, although rights are essential for the functioning of a free state, they are insufficient as guides to guides to moral action. Beyond the idea that we should respect the rights of others, a rights-based morality tells us little about how we ought to act toward others or who we ought to be. In a liberal democracy, such questions – that is, questions about the nature of the good — are properly left to the people. Read More