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View Diary: Morning Feature: Whose Liberty, Part II - Libertarian Myths and Privilege (191 comments)

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  •  There is a difference between freedom and (9+ / 0-)

    liberty, as I see it.  Freedom is something that is acquired and posits a negative condition as natural.  So, we have, for example, freedom from hunger and freedom from want and the conservative dictum that

    "Obedience to the law is freedom"

    only the subservient can be freed.

    Liberty is an ab initio condition, the individual supported in the womb and then in the bosom of the family, unconditionally -- i.e. there are no strings attached to sustenance and free lunch is a given, as it is when the earth's bounty is available to be picked and not restricted by private property rights.

    Natural persons can be free because nature's limits are quite severe. Artificial persons need to be restrained.

    by hannah on Fri May 28, 2010 at 06:09:47 AM PDT

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    •  Beautifully stated, hannah (2+ / 0-)
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      JanF, NCrissieB

      I will add that the price of that 'free lunch' provided to those who are in a time of weakness or frailty, is that they in turn provide support and succor when they are in a time of strength and health.

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