Fighting Against Restraints on Freedom Essay

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As human beings, we endure each and every day, a constant fight for freedom. Liberty is described as ‘’the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint’’ (Dictionary.com). Relevant examples are found throughout history of the restraints of rights and the ever constant search for true freedom. Perhaps the most atrocious removal can be seen in the Second World War; Legal and fundamental rights were taken away at this time without thought or conscience. Other examples include the segregation of the blacks and white in South Africa during the Apartheid Era, the Vietnam War, and more recently the War on Terrorism (Al-Qaeda). However, these examples can also be seen as unconscious means of evolving society …show more content…
Civilization as a whole is afraid of what giving people freedom would do, of what the communists attempted to accomplish. The communist believed in equal opportunity for everybody. If applied correctly, this ideal could have changed nations for the better. But governments were scared of this change from our current capitalist viewpoint. So, our leaders give us ‘’international declarations of human rights’’, and ‘’Charters of rights and freedoms’’ to placate us. P.J O’Rourke, an acclaimed journalist and writer, states that freedom; ‘’is not an endlessly expanding list of rights- the ‘right’ to an education, the ‘right’ to healthcare, the ’right’ to food and housing. That is not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights; those are rations of slavery- hay and barn for human cattle’’ (O’Rourke). The irony in what society is telling us is true freedom, is that it is not freedom at all. All rights can be removed, and will be removed, often without a second thought. Perhaps to the point of George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian quote: “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.’’(Orwell). Thought we think we might be, in this current democracy, we are not free. Additionally, the media has managed to convince us that our wants are our necessities. Ironically, it is by seeking for items that will supposedly grant us freedom that we lose it. It’s
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