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Freedom means being able to think, choose, and act independently without constraint and is arguably one of the basic human rights. Total freedom of the individual, without a sense of responsibility or self-restraint, soon infringes on the freedom of others and therefore freedom of the individual in a society involves some measure of regulation and boundaries.

These boundaries are not universally agreed or fixed and so the discussion of freedom and rights is ongoing, as one person’s freedom impacts on another’s. Freedom of choice, religious freedom and political freedom, freedom of the press, and freedom of information are the subject of ongoing debate, as understanding of these vary between governments, religions and countries.

Freedom and its synonym liberty involve rights, marking out of boundaries and territory, and liberation of those whose freedom has been taken away. Freedom is emotive, raising passion and argument — it rarely seems to be about "live and let live" or "win/win".

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Raise your hand if you love freedom.

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  • RJ Elliott

    Uh, I love freedom. *raises hand*

    But what’s the point of this post? Some sort of poll? Who the hell DOESN’T support the subjective term “freedom”?

  • boomcrashbaby

    Uh, I love freedom. *raises hand*

    “Now…raise your hand, if you’re sure!”

    (I don’t know what it means either, but it makes me want to check if my deodorant is working).

    Maybe he’s trying to be as specific as Bush is, about what we’re giving up our civil liberties for??

  • RJ Elliott

    “Now…raise your hand, if you’re sure!”

    (I don’t know what it means either, but it makes me want to check if my deodorant is working).

    Heh… ;-]

  • Ms. Tek


    RJ:But what’s the point of this post? …

    That is so funny coming from YOU!

    Thanks for the giggle!

  • Tom

    Me? I hate freedom. I’m an evil conservative remember?

  • Mark Saleski

    ya, but you like cats & beer so yer OK.

  • Dirtgrain

    Ms. Tek said: “. . . the. . .”
    I protest your implication by use of this word. I find it utterly offensive, and I hope that in future you will restrain from use of definite articles in all but most severe instances.

  • Michael

    “Pump your fist if you love freedom.”–Chris Byrne

  • Shark

    I heard Owens and Elliot are starting their own blog; their server has dedicated a maximum of 28k to hold a year’s worth of entries. That should be plenty, don’t cha think?

  • Eric Olsen

    “Freedom of choice is what you’ve got,
    Freedom from choice is what you want.”

  • Howard Owens

    Should I explain the post?

    First, a little booze helps.

    But also, just a thought experiment to see what people say. It’s such a diverse group of views here at BC.

    My favorite response is from Eric, who added the Amazon product links … funny bit of consumerism to celebrate.