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 being carried out.
Freedom and democracy, democracy and freedom... Land of the free... end of history... They hate our freedoms...
The freedom to choose offered by party politics is obviously a severe limit to freedom. This angle is rarely if ever
"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."
"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 movement
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.
|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 Powell||11 August 1998|
|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 Muggeridge||May 1966|
- Article 26, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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