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by Do right and fear no one on 29 March 2008 - 19:57
Not trying to start a long discourse on "freedom", but complete "freedom" is impossible and has never been.
Pick a time period. Absolute freedom does not exist anywhere and has never existed anywhere. Even Adam and Eve could not go where they wanted nor eat what they wanted.
Freedom means certain things in modern times, different than in past times, because of "progress" and the threat of the week (insert, year or decade if you desire).
As civilization progresses, so too does the changing of the difinition of "freedom". You do not have the freedom to jump up and yell "Fire" in a movie theater. You do not have the freedom to grow marijuana in your back yard. You do not have the freedom to experiment with anthrax on chickens to see what happens. You do not have the freedom to drive a vehicle without being licensed. You do not have the freedom to even download a song from the gift of another on the internet.
Should any of the things I listed be free to do.
If you can not ride in your own vehicle without strapping yourself in with a seat belt, then why in the heck would one think that you should have the freedom to talk on your cell phone to someone in Pakistan about how much you hate this and that and "we should do something about it brother"?
Heck, you can't even smoke a cigarette in a bar, let alone cross a border without permission. No, freedom has never existed and never will. It is a matter of degrees. Everything is relative. It would be stupid to want or ask for total freedom. You (we) would not last long. The curtailing and ever changing status of freedom is necessary.