Trivialization of liberty

Other Names:
Collapsed concept of freedom
Simplistic understanding of liberty
Misguided civil libertarianism
Tension between choice and freedom

Civil-libertarians protect the right to free choice, but not necessarily equality; strive for liberty rather than liberation. Individual freedom is a problem if not embedded within an ethical context which recognizes the social implications and responsibilities of liberty.


When a feminist activist in the USA, the plaintiff in a lawsuit defending her and other women's right to go shirt-free like men at a public beach, insisted that the legal defence be based upon a women's equal right to go shirt-free rather than a civil-libertarian right to freedom of expression, a host of civil-libertarians who were formerly her backers withdrew support. The woman and 11 other feminists withdrew from the lawsuit rather than let themselves be party to setting a legal precedent based upon values that, in their view, were so often misused by the likes of pornographers and naturist paedophiles against women and children.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST