After the Quebec Referendum: a Comment

Stanley Ryerson


What concerns us here is a particular case of limitation on liberty: the encroachment on the right of national self-determination by class property, as illustrated by the intervention of corporate business in the struggle over the national question in Canada / Quebec. The liberal-democratic ethical principle of "the equal right of every man and woman to the full development and use of his or her capabilities" (Macpherson) is centered on the individual; liberal democracy stakes its claim "to free all individuals equally, and to free them to use and develop their human capacities fully". The principal impediment is class-divided society.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
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