What ideological perspective is presented in the following source?"It seems equally logical to me that individuals cannot be free if they are beset by fear and insecurity. To my mind the welfare...

What ideological perspective is presented in the following source?

"It seems equally logical to me that individuals cannot be free if they are beset by fear and insecurity. To my mind the welfare state is simply a state in which people are free to develop their individual capacities, to receive just awards for their talents and to engage in the pursuit of happiness, unburdened by fear of actual hunger, actual homelessness or oppression by reason of race, creed or color."

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It is not really possible to say exactly what ideological perspective this passage comes from.  It clearly comes from a perspective that is in favor of the welfare state and opposed to laissez-faire capitalism.  However, it is not clear if this quote is from someone who is center-left (like an American Democrat or a member of the English Labour Party) or from someone who is truly a socialist.

The argument being made in this passage is that laissez-faire capitalism actually reduces freedom instead of increasing it the way conservatives say it does.  The author argues that a person is free when he or she does not need to worry about losing out in capitalism competition and becoming poor.  The main idea behind this is that unfettered capitalism is dangerous to people's freedom.  This is clearly a leftist idea, but there is not enough here to tell us how far to the left the writer is.

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