It seems liberty must have its limits or we fail to produce a society we can live in. Perhaps conservatives are right and change comes with a societal cost that we can’t afford when change comes too fast. But, if we limit change must impinge on someone’s liberty. You see, no …

A fully mature and adult human can choose the life they want to live for themselves and should be able to do that from a diverse range of options. But here is the really really hard part. If a human being spends their whole life challenging every custom, avoiding every norm and choosing whatever unusual pronoun …

Freedom of action So in previous writing we’ve discussed freedom of belief and expression. I’ve asserted that a diversity of both is a healthy thing and differences of opinion are a source of strength, that traditions should be challenged and change is always an opportunity to be happier. But what of freedom of …

Freedom of Expression and Harm So after a sojourn through ‘Harm‘, we make our way back to freedom of expression. We should ask ourselves, can a simple thought or opinion, without action, ever do harm? If I were to say “rape on private property should be legal”, most people (I …

Harm Principle The concept of harm is essential to understanding freedom. What is harm then? This is hard. John Stuart Mill thought there was a material difference between harm and mere offense. Obviously physical injury is harm, but what about non-physical injury? Where does abuse or harassment fit into the Harm/Mere …

Imagine a society where everyone can not only think and believe anything they want, but also express any opinion they want. Is this still a functioning free society within which men should live? If in deciding upon an important manner, do we gain anything from listening to each and any varied …

Freedom of Belief Quite simply, you can believe anything you want anytime at all and it is impossible for anyone to stop you. Even bound and chained in the deepest prison under the most oppressive of circumstances, nothing can stop me from believing anything I want if I have the …

Before we talk about freedom, let’s start with a thought experiment. Imagine that I believed that all the people on earth were the offspring of Adam and Eve as it is in the bible. Imagine that I believed that we were perfect the way god created us. And what if this belief sustained all …