Freedom

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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 promise. 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.

Etymology

The concept of "freedom" emerges as a contrast with debt slavery.[citation needed]

Illusory nature

The freedom to choose government as offered by party politics is a severe limit to freedom - a point 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: Rated 4/5 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

Freedom of movement has been impacted since the development of passports and visas. Under the "war on terror", increasingly ad hoc restrictions are being imposed in the name of "national security".

 

Examples

Page nameDescription
Freedom of assembly
Freedom of movement
Freedom of speech
Freedom of thought

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
"Hate speech"“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”George Orwell
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 Mosley2013
George Carlin“Smug, greedy, well-fed white people have invented a language to conceal their sins. It's as simple as that. The CIA doesn't kill anybody anymore, they neutralize people, or they depopulate the area. The government doesn't lie, it engages in disinformation. The Pentagon actually measures nuclear radiation in something they call sunshine units. Israeli murderers are called commandos, Arab commandos are called terrorists. Contra killers are called freedom fighters. Well, if crime fighters fight crime, and firefighters fight fires, what do freedom fighters fight?”George Carlin
Linh Dinh“Freedom: Self-sanctioned license to ignore consequences”Linh Dinh
Benjamin Franklin“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”Benjamin Franklin
MLK“He who lives with untruth lives in spiritual slavery. Freedom is still the bonus we receive for knowing the truth.”MLK
MLK“A doctrine of black supremacy is as dangerous as a doctrine of white supremacy. God is not interested in the freedom of black men or brown men or yellow men. God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race, the creation of a society where every man will respect the dignity and worth of personality.”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
Roger Scruton“Liberals seek freedom, socialists equality and conservatives responsibility. And, without responsibility, neither freedom nor equality have any lasting value.”Roger Scruton

 

An official example

Name
"Free market"
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