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Is freedom a right?

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Started: 12/4/2015 Category: Philosophy
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Now, before laying out my argument, the person debating me will have the opinion that freedom is not a right, but more or less a privilege. To begin, I will define what a right and a privilege mean.

Privilege: A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

Right: A just claim or title, whether legal, prescriptive, or moral.

Freedom is not a privilege, because then it isn't freedom, since that would require something or someone to grant it to you, which defeats the entire purpose of the definition of freedom.

Freedom: The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

Now, laws should come with freedom, but not because freedom is a privilege, but it's a very delicate right that people cannot necessarily handle.


Well, I wanted to point out some logic in your definitions.

Privilege: A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

Let me highlight it for you. A special "RIGHT", advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

A privilege is still a right in itself. A synonym of privilege is "freedom". So by dictionary definition, freedom is privilege.
The difference between a privilege and right is the ownership. A right (aka: Individual right) is a right that you own. You have the ability to use it, and no other influence can take it from you. You have the power over that right. A privilege is a right that is given to you. You do not have the power to do whatever you like with it. The right is under the influence of another being. Which means it can be taken or changed as well.

So, what is freedom?

"Freedom" is not simply restrained to what you placed in your definition. It is quite simply the ability to choose or think without restriction.

Others may have different views on freedom, depending on the situation. Absolute freedom would be the one I just defined in the upper paragraph. Now, for others it can be limited. You may still be restrained to certain things, but may have the freedom to a few things, like: You are to stay in the house and may not leave, but you may do what you please in the house. That would be limited freedom.

Now, as you see from all of this, Freedom is provided. We do not own freedom. We did not create freedom. We earned it. We fought for it, and we are still fighting for freedom today. We only have freedom as U.S. Americans, because we have soldiers leaving our country ever day to protect us from those who want to take away our freedom.

If we were to look at freedom in the biggest case, we would also see that we do not have 100% freedom. For reasons of logic. The Battle against Good and Evil. We are always slaves to something. In the broader sense, we are either slave to good, or slaves to evil. Right or wrong, Light or darkness.

Freedom is given. We cannot make our own. No matter how hard we wish or think of ourselves as the center of the universe, we are not. Not saying we are not important, because we are very important, but there is something bigger than us happening.


Freedom is a privilege, because it is given to us by earning it. It is not a right, because we do not own it.
Debate Round No. 1


You do the freedom to do what you wish (in which is possible), but there can be consequences to your actions. It's an illusion that people own power, the government is made up of humans, and a system that was created. However, you're not restricted to abiding by the government, or anyone in a higher position than you. It is written in the U.S. constitution that freedom is a right. This means, individualism and liberty are human rights. A privilege is something you earn, but everyone has the right to freedom from the moment they are born. Whether or not it is practiced as a privilege or right is irrelevant, because this debate is about what the true meaning of freedom is. When an unjust freedom is taken away, society suddenly views it as a right, but when all eyes our on the government, it is a privilege.


Correct, we should view freedom in it's proper context. The constitution does tell us (being said loosely) it is our right to be free. It is our right, by way we are permitted to use it for our personal benefit in which way we please. We may choose what we do or do not want to do. But we should remember, in order to keep it a right, we have to constantly fight for it. We continually have to earn it to keep it. As I said before, there are those who wish to take it away from us, so we fight against them to keep it. We should also remember who is the higher power that is allowing us to have our right. We set up our Government in a way that will protect our freedom. Our Government, provided by the Military, have the power to protect our freedom, but also to take it away. In the Gov. eyes, it is a privilege, for they are able to regulate freedom. But naturally, it is a right by law, Government should not be able to take it away. That is why we a specific Amendments in our Constitution that allows us to change Government, to prevent it from being Tyrannical. So being a right or a privilege all depends our the perspective.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by zeyadahmed 10 months ago
There is no such thing as freedom , it's an illusion. we humans are tied to the determination of nature and biology , physics. In other words , you are only free as much as nature allow you to be , therefore freedom is a privilege.
Posted by Mike_10-4 10 months ago
Liberty (freedom) is part of life"s Unalienable Rights and part of the physical Laws of Nature.
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