Freedom And Patriotism
Last updated 9/27/2021 at 9:35am
A New York Times reporter recently interviewed a Missouri man who, like many Missourians, refused vaccination. Asked why, he responded in a word: “freedom.”
Liberal democracies are founded on the premise that nations flourish when freedom is maximized. Personal freedoms are limited, therefore, by only three categories of moral constraint. The first is basic human rights. We are not at liberty to physically harm others, incarcerate them without cause or steal their stuff. The second constraint derives from consent. If I sign a contract, make a promise or take an oath, my liberties are...