Apologies is this has been gone over before, but I'm a European who's fascinated by a value sytem very different from what I'm used to. So I'm honestly not baiting.But. What do Americans mean by freedom? I can't believe how often I've seen the word used here and I'm not even sure what it means. I actually did a search on the word to see if a similar question had been asked, and it seemed to crop up in practically every thread in OT.
I think in general, Europeans see freedom very differently from Americans. We see it as, in economic terms, a 'scarce resource' to be shared out fairly by a democratic government. In other words, if I get a bit more 'freedom' someone else gets a bit less. Take an example:
In many countries you have the right to freedom to walk wherever you want, whether it's private property or not. In America you have the right to stop people walking on your land. A bit more freedom for me is a bit less for you. Seems to me like there's only so much freedom to go round. Your whole culture is based on freedom. How do you decide how to share it out?
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