Problem

Denial of right to liberty


Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Nature:
Limitation of opportunity and free choice implies lack of liberty. Man is controlled by his environment, and he alters the actions of others even if he thinks that he is simply determining his own. Therefore the realization of free choice is naturally inhibited. On the national level, the balance between population and resources becomes more delicate; state planning and control is necessary; individual freedom is inhibited and, politically, can only be expressed within the prevailing representative system.

As political control becomes more intense, intellectual liberties may be curtailed by censorship and the banning of meetings, books and the right of association. Conflicting group interests may result in tyranny by either the majority or a minority. Moral and religious freedom may be inhibited by law or by social taboo. Freedom of movement and employment will be reduced and the ability to make the best use of available opportunities will be inhibited by unequal distribution of state services, education, health, housing. Freedom of ownership and the freedom to do as one chooses with one's possessions will be restricted according to the prevailing ideology concerning materials and resources and the interaction of materials and resources, such as the air polluting effect of car exhaust fumes. Extreme forms of the negation of liberty include slavery, concubinage, and legalized discrimination such as apartheid.

Background:
Lack of individual liberty has been recognized by philosophers throughout the centuries, usually on the basis that a certain amount of curtailment of individual freedom is necessary for society to function, but that it should not be excessive.
Counter Claim:
Complete intellectual freedom in questioning or rejecting everything destroys family, social and religious values.
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
21.02.1997 – 00:00 CET