Last night I had an interesting conversation with a couple of friends regarding the liberty, freedom, the differences and who/what provides them. It really changed my perspective on some things.
One friend who is far more versed in political history (not just US but going back thousands of years) used a very good illustration. He stated that under total freedom, we could drive our car on any side of the street we choose. But we then limit the freedoms of others who want to drive on the same side but in the opposing direction. Therefore, liberty allows us to set a limited regulation (drive on the right side of the road) which provides the maximum freedom without inhibiting the freedoms of others.
Now, I think that total freedom leads to chaos and liberty provides a balanced level of regulation, checks, and controls to provide the maximum amount of freedom, without limiting the freedoms of others. Furthermore, I think that freedom comes from god and liberty comes from the government. However when the government creates too many regulations, it creates tyranny and we lose our liberties and our freedoms.
What are your thoughts on freedom and liberty? Where do you think that they come from?