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Civil liberties can generally be defined as individual freedoms that are protected from the government. These are outlined in the Bill of Rights and include freedom of religion; freedom of assembly; freedom of speech; freedom of association; the right to a fair trial, to privacy, to due process, and to own property.
Essentially, civil liberties limit the government’s power and prevent the government from intervening in the lives of its citizens. Civil liberties are distinct from civil rights, which are inherent freedoms upheld, not granted, by the government.
The Inalienable Rights
The notion of the rights ...