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Social liberty is the synthesis of individual independence and communal autonomy from overarching government or state control.

Social liberty is the rejection of the concentration of decision-making authority into distant, oligarchical, centralized bureaucracies - federal or monolithic - and the embrace of diffusion and localization of that decision-making authority.

Social liberty exists in a political, social, and economic environment which allows voluntary accession to associations, but also permits a person to choose to remain free of restraint by society, except in cases in which an individual's claim of freedom interferes with another individual's right to be free from unwarranted, aggressive coercion or harm.

An economic system of social liberty regards free-market capitalism and democratic, communalistic socialism as equally conducive means towards the ends of generalistic liberation from tyranny.
Murray Bookchin's support of decentralized, non-hierarchical communal autonomy, coupled with a belief in individual liberty, indicates that he and his adherents believe in social liberty.
by rogue-economist January 23, 2011
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