Freedom

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Interest of Truthstream Media

Freedom is an important concept for Wikispooks. It is the contention of this website that a lot of modern institutions do not, in reality deliver what they offer. The immediate relevance to freedom is that a lot of modern social institutions, such as schools, politics or businesses, argue that they allow people to be "free" in various ways. It is ironic that even as technology is facilitating global discussion and self-expression, exchange of ideas on an unprecedented level, free speech is being criminalized, and ever more mass surveillance measures is carried out.

Official narrative

Freedom and democracy, democracy and freedom... Land of the free... end of history... They hate our freedoms... Democracy gives people freedom of choice about government.

Illusory nature

The freedom to choose offered by party politics is obviously a severe limit to freedom. This angle is rarely if ever explored by commercially-controlled media.

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Freedom of thought

Full article: Freedom of thought

Forced schooling

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees that young children have a right to be forced to attend schools.[2] Huh?

"Education should aim at destroying free will so that pupils thus schooled, will be incapable throughout the rest of their lives of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished."
Bertrand Russell, The Impact of Science on Society (Columbia U. Press, 1951)

Freedom of speech

Full article: Freedom of speech

Freedom of speech, long established in natural law, has recently been subject to attacks by "democratic" governments, in the name of the "war on terror".

Freedom of movement

Full article: Freedom of movement

National borders

Generally, passports and often also visas are required for international travel. This restriction was systematised after World War I. In France, visa restrictions were introduced amid anxiety about potential soldiers fleeing the country. This policy was disguised as a method to prevent German spies from entering the country.[citation needed]

In 2012? [When?][citation needed] the US government afforded itself the right to remove US citizens' passports without due process if it suspected them of "terrorism".

Imprisonment

The rise of the carceral state in USA is unprecedented, and whilst other nations have far fewer actual prisoners, many states have harsh visa requirements or immigration policies which limit people's freedom of movement. 'Economic Globalisation' has allowed greater freedom of movement within the European Union, but globally, the case is not so straightforward.


 

An example

     Page name     TypeDateAuthor(s)Subject(s)Description
Freedom of speechA fundamental freedom which is being rapidly curtailed by the so-called "War On Terror"
 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
Academic“In academic institutions, freedom of thought and expression is in retreat in many areas. Administrators of universities have become top-down representatives of government, rather than defenders of the independence of their institutions. Funding is sought from corporations as well as governments: "market forces" is a euphemism for conformity to corporate demands.”Ivo Mosely2013
MLK“He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery. Freedom is still the bonus we receive for knowing the truth.”MLK
Malcolm Muggeridge“In the eyes of posterity it will inevitably seem that, in safeguarding our freedom, we destroyed it. The vast clandestine apparatus we built up to prove our enemies' resources and intentions only served in the end to confuse our own purposes; that practice of deceiving others for the good of the state led infallibly to our deceiving ourselves; and that vast army of clandestine personnel built up to execute these purposes were soon caught up in the web of their own sick fantasies, with disastrous consequences for them and us.”Malcolm MuggeridgeMay 1966
Colin Powell“[Terrorism] is the cost of doing business and it's not just something that can happen overseas but, as this community knows better than anyone, it can happen here... I think there are limits to what you can do in a free society.”Colin Powell11 August 1998
 

An official example

Name
"Free market"


References