civil liberty


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civil liberty

the right of an individual to certain freedoms of speech and action. Now often mediated through HUMAN RIGHTS law.
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The Civil Liberty site domain name is registered at Blake's home in Stirling.
A spokesman for Civil Liberty denied giving money to the BNP.
The term "civil liberties" promised to break down the abstraction of "civil liberty" into its specific and concrete component parts--"free speech, free press and free assembly," as Eastman put it.
There are guidelines, however, from the civil liberty model to evaluate the patient's right for autonomy in the light of our concerns for patient safety.
For all his fulminating over the group's "partisan agenda,' Donohue actually seems to resent the ACLU because it disagrees with his idea of civil liberty: entrepreneurism coupled with social and spiritual discipline.
Conversely, I guess the fact that something is mentioned in the Constitution doesn't necessarily mean that it is a fundamental civil liberty. So the question becomes, What is the civil-liberties argument of those who would say we should be opposing all gun control?