"The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all."
About Tolerance, 1977
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That sounds nice but I don't agree with this statement.The freedom of a convicted criminal guilty or not) in prison can not be equal,in any way,to the freedom of a self sufficient/retired millionaire,the captain of his life's yact,cruising the waters of life.
 -- Me Again     
    Too unclear. Certainly should depend upon how freedom is defined. Freedom to do what? No one should be free to do whatever he pleases. Certain acts should never be permitted.
     -- David L Rosenthal     
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    This is one of those astute in the obvious. Freedom here is the base intangible that each and every, any and all derive their inalienable rights from. If compelled compliance, victimless crimes, license, etc. are tolerated by society as a whole, each and every individual therein is then a victim or slave of the omnipotent oligarchical god. Of course the collectivist, materialist, etc. will all disagree with this quote as it is incomprehensible to them and inalienable rights would NOT be considered a faculty of birth.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Give me a break - take it for what it really means. Its the essence not the words. Well said Mike.
     -- Robert, Sarasota     
    That's the point Rosenthal, true freedom is the ability to do whatever you please. I pray you will never decide which acts should never be permitted. Your Nazi thinking would surely make you the traitor who betrays your family, friends or neighbors for the slightest infraction of the most obscure rules.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
    It is the basis of Equality and classical liberalism.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    So, Joe, would you also say that adult men should be free to have relations with little boys and girls? That is what it sounds like from what you wrote: "true freedom is the ability to do whatever you please." The authority to to anything at all? That belongs to no one.
     -- David L. Rosenthal     
    David, that was very childish! Freedom is absolute, period... what we do with it is secondary....
     -- Robert, St. Emilion, France     
    David, your lack of reason, logic and knowledge of what law, justice and freedom are, illuminates a social disease of ignorance. (for example: at the laws of nature and of nature's God, your example of 'free to do' is a criminal act (in or outside corporeal man's legislation) and does not fall within the scope of a freeman doing what ever he pleases. As to the quote, your example demonstrates a criminal perpetrator as free and the victim as not. If both parties were individually free, all would be free.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    " A social disease of ignorance " Many within the outer court, ( Constitution ), grapple for understanding simplicity in Gods natural laws of nature. It becomes more obvious for some where Truth lies. As Archer says it is the basis of Equality and ( Brakah, blessed liberality ) classical liberalism. Education is paramount. " Liberties exist in proportion to wholesome restraint. " Chophshiy, Eleutheria, and Apeleutheros Freedoms are for all, to secure and assure each individual has access. Spiritual emancipation in contrast to the natural freedman. To many grow up now days with secular perennialism ( Nadiyb liberal topics first, Churl in nature, vile ), as apposed to essenialism,( skills first ). Astute in the obvious. Thank you Mike, as for David and, Me Again, their overview is clouded, by lack of a classical education, or perhaps they are Nadiyb in their mindset. Freedom is absolute, thank you Robert, the French understood then, as those around the world now come to understand ( Drowr, true, pure, freedom ).
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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