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Quick note

Real quick:  I was just reading A Theory of Justice by John Rawls (great book, highly recommend it), and he offers a bit of insight to our question:  He says that intolerant sects (there are certainly those who would characterize certain elements of the media as intolerant sects) can have their freedom limited only when their actions directly threatens other freedoms enjoyed by people.  This is obviously a very broad statement, but I think I’d generally agree (of course, there are lots of details to fill in, but on principle, it makes sense; that’s why we’re not okay with teaching creation in schools, imposing religious law, etc).  Thoughts?


-Evan Goldstein ’12

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  1. July 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I think I’d rather say that an individual’s freedom can only be limited when it threatens the rights enjoyed by other people.
    The distinction being that freedoms are things that people can do – so for example, I have the freedom to date any girl I’d like to. The issue is that you can undertake a legitimate course of action to prevent me from doing so (ie, date her yourself in a monogamous relationship). Whereas rights are things that people are entitled to, regardless of situation. Any action impinges upon freedom in some way, but few actions (none which we would determine legitimate) infringe upon rights.

    • July 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Sarthak, let’s be honest. You don’t have the freedom to date any girl you want. But yeah I know what you mean.

      Sent from my iPhone

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