What is freedom?

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June 23, 2011
Adam Smith Institute
by Anna Moore  
Posted in Commentary

"Does freedom mean maximising opportunity or maximising one’s range of action within a given set of opportunities? That is, is freedom feeding one’s children according to the Department of Health food pyramid or buying whatever food one wants with an income untaxed but also unsupplemented by government? Moreover, can we apply utilitarianism to liberty? Let us leave aside trickle-down economics. Assuming that all this laissez-fair, privatisation, poll tax business really does leave the poorest worse off -- according to whatever measurement you choose -- does that justify stripping other people of their property?" (06/23/11)


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