What freedom is not.Many people attempt to destroy the word freedom, attempt to make thoughts of freedom unthinkable, by making the word meaningless, by applying it to anything and everything.
P. J. O'Rourke dismisses such evasive weasel words:
Freedom is not empowerment. Empowerment is what the Serbs have in Bosnia. Anybody can grab a gun and be empowered.
It's not entitlement. An entitlement is what people on welfare get, and how free are they?
It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights — the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery — hay and a barn for human cattle.