Words & Meaning

27 August 2022 – I think we need to make a careful distinction between “democracy” and “freedom.”

They are not synonymous.

“Democracy” is social and reciprocal. It is a contract between individuals and their society, with defined rights and responsibilities for each vis-à-vis the other.

“Freedom” is personal and unilateral. Its focus is individual self-determination.

“Democracy” necessarily includes defined freedoms. “Freedom” does not necessarily include democracy.


    "Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking" -- Antonio Machado (1875-1939)

    "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" -- Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

    "A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities" -- Rebecca Solnit, "Wanderlust: A History of Walking"

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