Is it possible be free under a dictatorship

Posted by: Jifpop09

I'm in a debate and I want others opinions

  • Yes, freedom is earned within ones self

  • No, there is no way a suppressed man can be a free man

58% 15 votes
42% 11 votes
  • Freedom is a trait, and its wholly possible for a suppressed man to have it.

  • Yes you can be free in a dictatorship to an extent, of course.

  • Possible doesn't mean always able to be free.

  • Freedom as an ideal is not easily stamped out. Measurable, personal freedoms can be held under a dictatorship if they are allowed by the law, or if the freedoms are enjoyed in secret. I suppose that it could be argued though, that the fact these freedoms are enjoyed in secret implies that the people involved in the violations are silently rebelling, planting the seeds of a possible revolution (potentially overthrowing the dictatorship). Regardless, it is possible to have some measure of personal freedom under the law of a dictator.

  • Let's look at this in a Realist's perspective. If you have a "good" dictator who gives special rights and privileges that is associated with freedom he still has abosulte power and authority. This power and authority is then passed down when the original dicator dies. He could have the same mindset as his father but more than likely he's been born with a silver spoon in his mouth as they say. He would be more snobby. If not he than his children or there's. Ultimately, you will get a self-entitled, evil dictator who inherits the right to rule you with absolute power. History shows us this happens. For example, when Julius Caeser took power in Rome he had good intentions. He made reforms and changes that benefited the people, but as time went on we got emperors like Nero who burned down a large section of downtown Rome. I don't even need to get into Nazi Germany that would be several pages long. What have we learned from this? With absolute power comes no freedom, but oppression.

  • You cannot be free, because the moment you are free you become a threat to the state.

    Posted by: L.D
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KKslider78 says2014-04-21T21:49:20.9928404-05:00
The very extent of dictatorship in countries like North Korea, a place where the very food you eat and the clothes you wear are regulated by the state, prevents the expression of freedom from breaking through the chains of oppression. I believe it is impossible for one to be free while in any form of repression.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-21T21:50:57.7175804-05:00
Freedom can be taken to the extent you want to. Freedom from conformity. Freedom from bias. Freedom to enact change. All these things are still suppressed within the minds of some US citizens
Fight4Liberty says2014-04-21T21:52:35.9358100-05:00
Yes, if the dictator doesn't enforce anything :P
Jifpop09 says2014-04-21T21:54:51.0638762-05:00
Even under the enforcement of a dictator, people can still have freedom. Freedom is a service provided to yourself, and not the government. I've been reading a lot of the Meditations.
Comrade_Silly_Otter says2014-04-21T21:57:52.4391671-05:00
Is it just me who supports the survival of our race over Individual Freedoms, while supporting more Community freedoms?
Jifpop09 says2014-04-21T22:00:01.1002636-05:00
Thats a right wing fascist ideology. That the betterment of our nation is more valuable then individual rights. I don't agree with taking away any freedoms. Economics are a different story, and that's only because the balance is way offset. The point is though, that you don't need to live in the US or Europe to be free.
Comrade_Silly_Otter says2014-04-21T22:03:02.2891053-05:00
Sorta what I meant about the Economic part, not like free speech, etc.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-21T22:05:30.4339747-05:00
A lot of no answers, yet so little feedback.
Jifpop09 says2014-04-21T22:14:24.3629973-05:00
A free man, knows that a country is little more then a structure. A man in charge with people to enforce his rule. A free man knows how easy it is to do the same thing
Wylted says2014-04-22T02:24:56.7258112-05:00
Dictator has 3 syllables. Of all 3 syllables I find the first one to be the funniest.
PreferNotToBeLabeled says2014-04-24T14:56:10.8606712-05:00
Technically, no one in the world is free if there is any kind of government in place. True freedom is only achieved if you are out alone in the wild doing your own thing.
Comrade_Silly_Otter says2014-04-24T14:56:38.9874712-05:00
Well, no freedom to Internet. :(

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