A Genealogy of Liberty: A Lecture by Quentin Skinner
"What is liberty? This cherished ideal, which lies at the heart of our democracy, has proved very difficult to define. In this provocative lecture, eminent political theorist Quentin Skinner explores some influential meanings of liberty—especially those that define liberty in negative terms, as the absence of interference or arbitrary domination. He shows how negative liberty has important implications for the conduct of democratic government.