Over the last several years, I’ve been talking with people about freedom. It seems like an important topic. The United States claims to be fighting for freedom all over the world. “Freedom is the president’s favorite foreign policy term these days,” says The Washington Post (June 23, 2002, B1). “Freedom is an all-purpose word he employs to define a high purpose, defend action on the ground or parry awkward questions.” “Freedom itself is under attack,” President George W. Bush declared in the terrible days after September 11. If the people I talked with care relatively little for freedom, and hardly at all for the political freedom about which the president of the United States is so passionate, then there is much to wonder and worry about.
KeywordsYoung People General Social Survey Borderline Personality Disorder Political Freedom Negative Freedom
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