We are a nation that loves Freedom.
But somehow, Freedom has become partisan.
Whose freedom are we talking about...?
Freedom for whom? Freedom from what?
Which Freedoms are we talking about...? Listen carefully to those who use the word "freedom" when talking policy, for one person's freedom could be another's hardship.
Freedom to have sex with your partner. Freedom to have an abortion. Freedom for industry to pollute in order to enhance corporate profits. Freedom to make money off the financial hardships of the working class. Freedom to vote. Freedom to protest an unjust act. Freedom to choose your own doctor. Freedom to deny you health care. Freedom to worship where you want. Freedom to carry a gun into a bar or a school. Freedom from fear of being shot. Freedom to discriminate. Freedom from discrimination. Freedom of the government. Freedom from the government. Freedom of choice.
The Philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002) introduced the idea of the "veil of ignorance in 1971, in which he proposed that a moral decision must be made without knowledge of its effect on yourself or your loved ones. We might think more carefully about the Freedom to exploit others if we could be the exploited.
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