On Freedom

There are always two types of freedom

Freedom To – The active freedom. These are the freedoms that you exercise when you are doing something.
Freedom From – The passive freedom. These are the freedoms that you have when you aren’t doing anything. They are your everyday freedoms that you enjoy without even thinking about it.

They are in eternal conflict. They are mutually exclusive.

My right not to get shot conflicts with your right to a gun.
A minority’s right to live without bigotry conflicts with another’s right to bigotry.
Freedom to enslave is in conflict with freedom from slavery.
As you mention the freedom to pollute is in conflict with freedom from pollution.

Until we can all understand that freedom from is generally more important than freedom to we are fucked.

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