The paradox of freedom

Freedom is weird from a philosophical point of view. At its core, is the idea that any individual is free to submit their freedom, and voluntarily give it away, to anyone they please. In a way, it’s similar to free speech, where you have the right to say more or less anything you want to, but you do not have the right to demand that others listens to what you have to say. This implies that you among other things can submit your freedom, by voting, and believing in that “if we can only get the next candidate into power, everything will be better”. However, you neither have the right to have your president make decisions over other people’s lives, nor do you have the right to prevent others from speaking their mind. If you don’t like what others say, then don’t listen. Nobody are forcing you to listen to what they say. And if one of your neighbours didn’t vote for the guy currently in power, he holds no right to exercise his powers over them.

In the end, this implies that Anarchy is a personal thing. Forcing or coercing others to believe in it, is repeating the mistakes of those fighting against it, those desperately voting for the next guy, believing everything will be better if they can only submit their own freedoms to some other guy. If you don’t want to listen to what I have to say, you are free to stop listening. And if you do not want to live in Anarchy, you have the right to submit your freedom to anybody you want to submit it to – But you do not have the right to stop me from speaking my mind, and you do not have the right to have your government and your politicians decide over me, unless I chose to submit my freedom to the same candidate that you voted for …


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