"The basic test of freedom is perhaps less
in what we are free to do than in
what we are free not to do."
Eric Hoffer
(1902-1983) American author, philosopher, awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
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Free not to snort, not to smoke, not to inhale, not to shoot up, not to swallow.
 -- David L. Rosenthal     
    Our government is slowly making laws against the things we are fre not to do.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    Free to not take responsibility, free to not question the government, free to not earn a living, free to not think ...free to be a ward of the State for our own good forever.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Freedom is expressed by the 'to do'. Slavery, tyranny, and the non-free is measured by the 'not to do'
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
     -- warren, olathe      
    It is a substantiveless perspective from the outside in but, accurate enough on its face. True and complete freedom is from the inside out.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    " Perhaps " is marginal. The best test of freedom is what we are free not to do. Which is what the gov does to us. Oppression, slavery and tyranny. Removing our freedom.
     -- Ron w13, Or     
    Shit that’s confusing. Why do people admire double and triple negatives? How about this translation…
    For liberty minded people, freedom is always measured in what’s left to us by the government; the space between what we are forbidden to do and what we are compelled to do. Eric Hoffer, a truly great thinker is no libertarian. He also believes freedom has to do with government in a negative way. But we are only to fear what government forbids us from doing. He does not recognize the compulsion side of government.
     -- Walter Clark, Fullerton CA     
    Liberty and Freedom are measured to man by God. Not by government, measured by man !!! Walter ! We do not lash out in name calling, but with Sound Doctrine, those old hats are going by, by !!! Liberty minded according to who's Law ? Short and narrow minded creates deception, easy ploy by low level middle management Maybe ? Doing their masters request, Perhaps ?
    If you are aware !
     -- Ron w13, Or     
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