Comment 73642

By arienc (registered) | Posted February 02, 2012 at 09:16:41 in reply to Comment 73640

Freedom Seeker...interesting thought experiment, but I fail to see how the notion of being "kept locked in the basement" applies. We all have the free will to create our destiny.

At least in this society, the freedoms we have are substantial. Of course this freedom is not absolute - we do have a number of responsibilities to one another, and my freedom to swing my fist ends at the tip of your nose.

Where things fail is when a large portion of the population get into the mindset of "consumers" or focus solely on creating wealth for themselves instead of living up to their responsibility to properly govern their actions and the harm they cause to others.

In fact, our freedoms are made considerably greater by the fact that we have public services available to meet basic needs. For example, public transportation networks allow an individual to seek employment that is suitable for them nearly anywhere in the region.

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