What is freedom? Does everyone want it? Is it a universal desire? At PJ Media, I consider these questions, which arose from an encounter I had with an elderly man in a secondhand bookshop:
Even dictators and murderers love freedom: If one’s only goal is to take away others’ freedom, one must first use their own freedom to do so—the freedom to move, to think, to plot, to carry out an evil plan. Tyrants require freedom to practice their trade, even if it is only freedom for themselves. The opponents of free speech face a similar built-in paradox: they are speaking freely in order to argue against speaking freely. Even if they don’t realize it, those who oppose freedom in theory are usually for it in practice.
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