Definitions Of Freedom: Patel, Marx, And Marx And Le Guin

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What is freedom? How can we define it? Five authors: Patel, Plato, Mill, Marx and Le Guin write on topics such as this. Through analysis of their work freedom is better defined, and therefore challenged by what society has shown us over centuries. Three increasingly thought provoking questions on freedom remain: is freedom the ability to do whatever one wants? Do certain qualities, lifestyles, morals or even physical characteristics determine who is free? And finally, how do we progress in the name of freedom through society and its members? Patel, Plato, Mill, Marx and Le Guin offer insight, and possible solutions to such pressing questions. Mill stated that his book On Liberty is “about the importance, to man and society, of a large …show more content…
When reading plato I saw it as he almost thought the people of the community couldn’t handle such freedoms. He proposes that if a society were to act completely just, no laws would be necessary. In this sense he is stating that an only one who is just can be free. Plato said that there are three key aspects to a just system: wisdom, courage and temperament. When implemented in the rulers and the ruled, a perfect society will be created. Communism aims for a similar perfect society. Marx in his “Communist Manifesto” observed freedom in society through the classes. He wrote about the uprise of communism, mainly led by the working class. Communism today has become skewed by extremists and stereotypes. The workers wanted to rise up against the owners of corporations, in a sense this was the war between the haves and the have nots. Through their wealth and the power it brought them, the upper class seemed to take away the freedom of the lower class. The way the lower class suffered due to the upper class can be seen through the metaphors present in The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas. The girl in the basement represents the lower class or the minority. This metaphor and comparison between Marx and Le Guin offers the question: Do certain qualities, lifestyles, morals or even physical characteristics determine who is

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