Freedom And Freedom Of Freedom

1260 Words Dec 16th, 2015 6 Pages
Freedom is one of the major aspects that we as Americans look at in perspective, in the United States today, freedom meaning “the ability to achieve one’s preferences.” In other words, the more you get to do what you want, the freer you are. Obviously, all societies have to limit the freedom of their citizens; being free to steal and kill is not a virtue, of a person or a nation. When freedom is justly abolished it is a complex issue. One suggestion has been that governments may limit the behavior of their citizens on the grounds that prohibiting some forms of free behavior will maximize the overall freedom of the citizenry. One initial stab at measuring freedom would be to examine how much of its population a country imprisons. The more citizens behind bars for exercising their preferences, the less the citizens are able to do what they want, and so the less free they are. “Under this measurement the United States fares rather badly, as the U.S. imprisons a higher percentage of its citizens than any country in the world, and while the U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population, it has about 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.” (Davidson, 63) Political rights enable people to participate freely in the political process. This includes the right to vote and compete for public office and to elect representatives who have a decisive vote on public policies. Civil liberties include the freedom to develop opinions, institutions, and personal autonomy without interference from…

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