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 …

As we are all aware the age of the culture war is upon us. What we must not forget is that a culture war is no new thing. Battles have gone before us and valuable lessons can be learned from them. Colonialism has destroyed many cultures over the years and …

Before Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, when a European male referred to himself he used the term ‘Christian’. Sometime during The Enlightenment the term ‘human’ was coined and came to be a replacement for ‘Christian’. This simple change of language empowered men to escape the grip of the church and to be …

Know thyself and you will know the universe and the gods. These words are written throughout the ancient greek world. They, in part, grace the the gates of the Temple of Apollo. Plato discusses the words in Philebus. The first philosopher, Thales, is quoted as saying that the hardest thing in life is …