The Importance Of The Inadequacy Of Liberty

Liberty refers to a state of individual freedom in the society where individuals are free from oppressive restrictions that are imposed by an agent of authority upon their lifestyles and behavior. In the modern society, the inadequacy of liberty has become one of the biggest social problems. As each day goes by, governments are finding new ways to infringe the liberty of citizens with the most common ways being such as censorship and limited freedom of expression. At times, the limitation even extends to control of one’s political views. It is yet despite the fact that liberty is essential to any given society. For instance, societies that are grounded in individual freedom always produce economic freedom, leading to economic progress constantly. …show more content…
Take for instance the right to privacy. Currently, most governments across the world, in developed, developing, and underdeveloped countries alike, are subject to opposition by citizens regarding the invasion of individual privacy. The most famous example of this is in the United States of America. The American government has come under scrutiny over the larger part of the past two decades over the use of advanced technology to spy on its citizenry and even on other countries, its rivals, and friends alike. A good instance of such a case is the spying program of the National Security Agency. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the largest civil liberties activist movement in America, this kind of spying is illegal (ACLU 1). ACLU insists that the government uses a program that was enacted for the greater good to spy on its citizens, under the umbrella of national security reasons …show more content…
In modern society, however, this gets harder and harder. Multiple governments are currently in the spotlight over the infringements of individual liberty, despite being democracies. The lack of liberty in the majority of countries around the world is still a problem in spite of these countries being democratic in nature (Harper 3). The solution, therefore, is placing societal focus on the enforcement of the principles of democracy in addition to the existence of democracy itself. It is because the primary existence of democracy itself cannot solve the problem. Since it is a political ideology, those in politics should fight against the use of power to enforce restrictions on liberties. The scope of using democracy as a solution also extend to the individuals in government, bearing in mind that they have a responsibility to their citizens to protect their rights and freedoms. The people play a large role in making democracy

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