There is a difference between Liberty and freedom. Words do have meaning. How you interpret those meanings will form the basis of your actions. Are you fighting for your freedom, for Liberty or both? Or are you even fighting yet as we spiral into the descent of civil war?
The French Revolution was fought for Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. Patrick Henry’s famous speech ended with “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
It is strange that two Revolutions were fought on the basis of Liberty but most people do not understand this concept. Here is a good treatise from 1965 for you consideration. If you take the time to read it, ask yourself if you feel free under today’s fraudulent government, the actions of the Supreme Court and the effort to destroy the Constitution under the guise of “cancel culture??
Defining Liberty: An Analysis of Its Three Elements
Abraham Lincoln said the American people were much in want of a good definition of the word liberty. Mr. Brown has accepted that challenge, and to define what liberty is he divides it into three elements and analyzes each. He writes of the goals liberty seeks to achieve, the procedures by which it moves, and the underlying faiths that sustain it.
In the context of a free society there are three elements in the concept of liberty. One of these is what liberty seeks to accomplish. The second is how to accomplish it procedurally. And the third is its underlying faiths.
I. WHAT LIBERTY SEEKS TO ACCOMPLISH
In terms of what a free society seeks to accomplish, liberty is five freedoms for each individual: (1) freedom to come and go, (2) equality and justice before the law, (3) security of property, (4) freedom of speech, and (5) freedom of conscience. There are many other names for these five individual freedoms—freedom of the press, freedom of expression and opinion, freedom of religion, freedom of association, right of habeas corpus, right of assembly, right of jury trial, etc. But these five individual freedoms are the “blessings of liberty” that constitute the first element of the word.
The active and politically minded members of a free society may use a “more or less” liberal or an absolute “either-or” approach, but these five individual freedoms are what a free society seeks to accomplish.
The intent of a free society is to keep the use of all man-made power within the periphery of these five individual freedoms.