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What is freedom?

Everyone wants freedom, but we mean very different things when we use that word.

Is it freedom to be able to drink alcohol or is it freedom to not have the burden of being able to choose alcohol?

Does a government allow for the possibility of freedom at all or would we all have the freedoms of today taken away if there weren't any government?

well, infinite examples can be made.

What is freedom to you?

Just for fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLCEUpIg8rE


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    Dec 18 2013: This is one topic I really can't wrap my mind around. I don't know whether drugs should be legal because people should have the freedom to do what they want with their minds and bodies, or whether drugs should be illegal because people are irrational and cannot be trusted to do what's best for them.
    I really don't know.

    Nobody thinks children should have access to guns and drugs on the grounds of their immaturity. But aren't many adults immature? Where do you draw the line?
    I'm very much attracted to pure freedom, pure liberalism as a concept. But I also believe humans are slaves to human nature and that, maybe, giving humans more freedom is giving more power to our inner tyrant.

    This is a fantastic discussion. I hope many contribute, and I expect to learn a lot.
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      Dec 20 2013: I too expect to learn a lot, and it's a really though one where we're bound to get a lot of different answers.

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