An understanding of liberalism and civil society must include a knowledge of some lesser-known tenets of liberal thought that form the basis of all liberalist thinking. Liberal thought allows for irrationality through the creation of states that act as limiting forces but are based on a philosophy of individual freedom. The voluntary redistribution of wealth in a liberal society is not the result of purely political special interest, but a universalist attitude that is accepted by society's members and recognizes the pluralistic nature of society.
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