The Private Realm
Extreme intrusions into the private realm by the government are most commonly associated with authoritarian regimes. Soviet Russia’s state-run holiday camps, East Germany’s Stasi network of community spies and China’s one child policy are well known examples.
But intrusions are common in less authoritarian countries too. And although they are usually more subtle, they are generally based on similar assumptions of superior knowledge by those in positions of authority.
The Liberal Democratic Party believes governments should not intrude into the private realm. We believe individuals should be free to make choices about their own lives without government intervention, irrespective of whether we consider those choices are wise and would make the same choices ourselves.
Some people like having others making choices for them, and a few people are unable to make decisions for themselves, but that does not legitimise government intrusion. Family, friends and neighbours have more right to become involved than the government.
In ancient Greece the government respected the private realm and did not intrude. The Liberal Democratic Party wants modern governments to do the same.
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