Welcome to the Paradigms of Freedom Blog. This will be an ongoing blog as I write and publish the book online, a project that may take a few years. My goal is to look at various different conceptions of freedom from different philosophical paradigms, seeing where they overlap, where they differ and if a synthesis of the different ideas is possible. I am hoping to get comments from across the political spectrum on the ideas expressed to suggest further avenues of investigation and to pose questions that may need answering.
In the Discussion page I will post questions that I’d like to get opinions on. Philosophical feedback so to speak. I may throw in some discussion of current events.
I should state from the outset that my basic philosophical position has long been of a libertarian bent – that is I believe the government that governs best governs least. I tend to trust people as individuals, but not so much in groups, particularly when that group holds a monopoly on the use of force as government does. That said, I have been questioning some of the sacred cows of libertarianism, including its basis in rationalism as well as a few other points. These ideas you will find elaborated by following the Home link and checking out the home page as well as the Past, Present and Future pages. In the main area you’ll also find a bibliography which will be added to as the book progresses, and a collection of links to various political websites from all areas of the political spectrum. This collection of links will be added to as well.
To me, the greatest source of evil is the belief by some people that they have the right to rule and run the lives of others. I believe in a society of free men interacting voluntarily by mutual consent. The belief that you have a right to tell other people what to do smacks of elitism and arrogance, attitudes I abhor.
Ironically, I sometimes see such attitudes in people who claim to be libertarians. Sometimes even in myself.
My current philosophical interest lies in exploring the ideas of the great liberal philosopher, Isaiah Berlin. I have just scratched the surface of his works and hope to examine them in more detail as this book comes together. If nothing else, Berlin poses the right questions as noted in Chapter 1. I’ll throw out other of his ideas for comment in the Discussion file as I go along. (And ideas from other philosophers as well.)