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Old 11-24-2008, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The topic of freedom came up in another forum and it occurred to me that the concept varies dependent upon who your speaking to. So My question is:
What does freedom mean to you?

I believe it's about free choice- perhaps not what you would actually choose but what you're allowed to choose from. So even if I don't choose to attend university or church it's important to me that the choice to do so or not is mine- not someone else.

Leaving unsaid the understanding that some limits on freedom are necessary in a civilized society.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:01 AM
 
Location: NYC area
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There are three basic types of freedom:

1. National -- a country's freedom from foreign domination.
2. Political -- the right to vote and freedom to engage in political activity without fear of suppression.
3. Personal -- freedom to make individual choices in everyday life, such as reproductive, behavioral or economic.

Some societies have only national freedom, but very little political or personal freedom. Some societies -- like the ancient Roman Empire, for example -- offered tremendous personal freedom, but virtually no political freedom. Many societies that lack certain kinds of freedoms do not necessarily want them or feel that they are lacking. So the difference in how people invoke freedom is really a function of cultural values, as well as context.

The reason that even a liberal society restricts freedoms to some extent is that its members' liberty interests always conflict. You have the freedom to make a choice of a career -- but then, your neighbor has the freedom to ridicule or criticize that choice. Freedom to act does not translate into an entitlement to endorsement.
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