Episode 94 – What is Freedom?

Up late and wondering, Glenn started to ask himself just what freedom is…and the result can be heard on this show. Ever feel like you don’t know what you have until it’s lost? Maybe freedom is something we don’t value until its sanctity is questioned. What’s the difference between one’s personal and psychological freedom and an a person or society’s actions? Are we really free to express what we want to, or is it just an illusion? Is Glenn free to walk naked down the street? Is Jeff free to paint his stonewall pink and worship cow flatulence as a higher order? Are banks free to fail? Are some corporations free to fail? How much freedom do we really have? Late in the show, Jeff and Glenn discuss Arizona Governor’s “mis-statement” about be-headings in the Arizona desert, as well as a possible reorganization of the White House.

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2 responses to “Episode 94 – What is Freedom?

  1. After listening to this episode, I had some thoughts/questions I thought I’d share. I think freedom as an idea describes what we can and can’t due within the laws of nature. “I can (or have the freedom to) think or go the store, but I cannot fly like Superman.” The extent of one’s ability is really the extent of his freedoms. I think the deeper question is, to what extent are we free? Or to what extent should we use our abilities? As you touched on “Pure Freedom” would be the unhindered use of any of your abilities in anyway you like,:killing, lying, making music, and loving your family as much as your able to. So I think in the definition of freedom is really a moral question. So in defining freedom, I would ask: Is there a absolute moral standard or are all morals relative? Because I think freedom is directly connected to morals.

  2. Freedom has, and will always remain, a controversial issue. Is freedom a universally sacred right, or is it a privilege of the strong? Is limiting another’s freedom justified when it is done to assure your own?
    I’ve actually wrote about this some time ago, in regard to US wars in general, and Iraq especially.
    Feel free to visit my StopUSWars blog, and voice your own opinion.

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