So, I thought I might start by defining liberty, but then I decided that those guys at oxford probably did that well enough for me.
noun (plural liberties)[mass noun]
the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's behaviour or political views:compulsory retirement would interfere with individual liberty
the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved:people who attacked phone boxes would lose their liberty
the power or scope to act as one pleases:individuals should enjoy the liberty to pursue their own preferences
Philosophya person's freedom from control by fate or necessity
So, liberty is the ability to choose what you do for yourself, and so long as you don't actively harm others, morally, this seems to me to be the optimum state that a society can achieve. Where people have the maximum ability to shape their own lives as much as possible without forced interference from others. This is not to say that people cannot help each other, it means that people should not enforce what they believe if 'help' on others. This is the essence of what I want this blog to be about. That and incessant percolations of thought.
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