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New liberalism (also called modern liberalism or social liberalism) is a stance in political economy that argues for extensive government regulation and partial intervention in the economy, though much less than what is advocated by social democrats. It is also a stance in general policies, based on the idea that society has no right to moralize its citizens, but that society has the task to guarantee equal opportunities for each of its citizens.

The first 'new liberals' lived in the early 20th century and formed their views in response to the classical liberalism of the 19th century. New liberals placed greater emphasis on positive freedoms and seeking to enhance the freedoms of the poor and disadvantaged in society.

New liberalism is not to be confused with neoliberalism, a name given to various proponents of the free market corporations in the late 20th century's global economy. This distinction is important to notice, because "new" or "social" liberals tend to be scandalized by the positions of "neoliberals".

A more comprehensive presentation is included in the article Liberalism.
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