We think we are free because we recognize an impulse to do something and then choose whether or not to … More lint
victimhood as freedom
You can find a type of freedom by exempting yourself from responsibility. By playing the victim, you can often convince … More lint
censorship as freedom
Consider the censorship of literature: "fat" is replaced with "enormous" in Roald Dahl’s books for inclusivity.
While this feels like … More lint
Freedom as unfreedom
To be united in wanting freedom has a paradoxical opposite where each free person wants something different from any other, … More lint
Freedom: trading order for chaos
To give up order for chaos is to escape.
Our urge for freedom drives us from sanity (acceptance of normative … More lint
I am free, and that is why I am lost
To be free, or wholly liberated, is to have no map upon which to rely.
The desire for stability and … More lint
Values guiding freedom
Positive freedom (unrestricted fulfillment) sounds great until the economy, state, book club, or marriage fail.
Policies, politeness, and social norms … More lint
Freedom is scaffolding
We err when we consider ideas, like freedom, as rights inherent to the species; we should think of them as … More lint