Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Vignettes. i. Liberty, Freedom, and Happiness

"Liberty" is a discredited Enlightenment-era notion that means "ability to exploit other people without having to answer to others, such as the King of England, the US government, or environmental activists, or, least of all, the people you are exploiting."

"Freedom," on the other hand, is three things:

1. The lack of being exploited

2. The understanding of what you are dependent on.

3. The ability to live within those dependencies sustainably.

"Happiness," then, is the result of being "free."

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