"Freedom is not only the absence of external restraints.
It is also the absence of irresistible internal compulsions,
unmanageable passion, and uncensorable highlights."
George Will
(1941-) American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author
Statecraft as Soulcraft
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This goes along with having mastery over one's self in the context of freedom. I believe that I am, and that freedom is a positive expression 'TO', much more than or rather than from.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
     -- Ken      
    One should not be controled by others, but should also have control of one's self.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
    "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." -- GB Shaw
     -- E Archer, NYC     
     -- Wayne, Naples      
    If someone is free of external restraints, but believe that freedom and immorality are equal values, for instance, that person may think he/she is free, while may actually be a slave.
     -- Elisabeth, Astoria, NY     
    Freedom and license (excessive liberty or freedom) are two distinctly separate concepts. Freedom implies self-discipline and responsible behavior. Without those self-restraints, freedom degenerates to license. Many people do not understand the difference between unrestrained freedom (license) and the freedom to pursue your own happiness. This is why liberal Progressives hate the Declaration of Independence which claims that our freedoms are God-given and cannot be given or taken away by man. To them, this idea is as vile as pornography is to a Christian.
     -- GunnyCee, Durham     
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