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Single Idea 21017

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / A. Freedoms / 6. Political freedom]

Full Idea

It is unclear whether the idea of promoting freedom is even a coherent political project. Some freedoms limit others. The freedom of rich people to make large donations to political campaigns can limit the equal worth of the right to vote.

Gist of Idea

Political freedom is an incoherent project, because some freedoms limit other freedoms


Martha Nussbaum (Creating Capabilities [2011], 4)

Book Reference

Nussbaum,Martha C.: 'Creating Capabilities' [Belknap Harvard 2013], p.71

A Reaction

It is not just American right-wingers who over-emphasise 'freedom'. French philosophy seems to be riddled with the same thing.