Friedrich Durrenmatt Quote

“The freedom of each individual can only be the freedom of all.”

~ Friedrich Durrenmatt

About Tolerance, 1977

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Me Again
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Me Again    9/26/06

That sounds nice but I don't agree with this statement.The freedom of a convicted criminal guilty or not) in prison can not be equal,in any way,to the freedom of a self sufficient/retired millionaire,the captain of his life's yact,cruising the waters of life.

David L Rosenthal

Too unclear. Certainly should depend upon how freedom is defined. Freedom to do what? No one should be free to do whatever he pleases. Certain acts should never be permitted.

Mike, Norwalk

This is one of those astute in the obvious. Freedom here is the base intangible that each and every, any and all derive their inalienable rights from. If compelled compliance, victimless crimes, license, etc. are tolerated by society as a whole, each and every individual therein is then a victim or slave of the omnipotent oligarchical god. Of course the collectivist, materialist, etc. will all disagree with this quote as it is incomprehensible to them and inalienable rights would NOT be considered a faculty of birth.

Robert, Sarasota

Give me a break - take it for what it really means. Its the essence not the words. Well said Mike.

Joe, Rochester, MI

That's the point Rosenthal, true freedom is the ability to do whatever you please. I pray you will never decide which acts should never be permitted. Your Nazi thinking would surely make you the traitor who betrays your family, friends or neighbors for the slightest infraction of the most obscure rules.

E Archer, NYC

It is the basis of Equality and classical liberalism.

David L. Rosenthal

So, Joe, would you also say that adult men should be free to have relations with little boys and girls? That is what it sounds like from what you wrote: "true freedom is the ability to do whatever you please." The authority to to anything at all? That belongs to no one.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk David L. Rosenthal 11/28/19

David, your prideful ignorance only plays well in socialist enclaves that exist to destroy.

AGAIN; Freedom is: “The state of being free; liberty; self determination:” (Black’s Law Dictionary 1st Edition); “the power or liberty to order one's own actions” (Colins English Dictionary); “The ability to act at liberty.” (Webster’s Dictionary)

Liberty is: “The power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature.” (Bouvier’s Law Dictionary) Liberty is the “exemption from extraneous control. The power of the will, in its moral freedom, to follow the dictates of its unrestricted choice, and to direct the external acts of the individual without restraint, coercion, or control from other persons. Liberty is the right which nature gives to all mankind of disposing of their persons and property after the manner they judge most consistent with their happiness, on condition of their acting within the limits of the law of nature, and so as not to interfere with an equal exercise of the same rights by other men.” (Black’s Law Dictionary 1st ed.). Clarifying original fact, natural law intent, and de jure jurisprudence: “Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.” (Thomas Jefferson) “Personal liberty, or the Right to enjoyment of life and liberty, is one of the fundamental or natural Rights, which has been protected by its inclusion as a guarantee in the various constitutions, which is not derived from, or dependent on, the U.S. Constitution, which may not be submitted to a vote and may not depend on the outcome of an election. It is one of the most sacred and valuable Rights, as sacred as the Right to private property ⋯ and is regarded as inalienable.” (16 C.J.S., Constitutional Law, Sect.202, p.987).

Robert, St. Emilion, France

David, that was very childish! Freedom is absolute, period... what we do with it is secondary....

Mike, Norwalk

David, your lack of reason, logic and knowledge of what law, justice and freedom are, illuminates a social disease of ignorance. (for example: at the laws of nature and of nature's God, your example of 'free to do' is a criminal act (in or outside corporeal man's legislation) and does not fall within the scope of a freeman doing what ever he pleases. As to the quote, your example demonstrates a criminal perpetrator as free and the victim as not. If both parties were individually free, all would be free.

Ronw13, Yachats Or

" A social disease of ignorance " Many within the outer court, ( Constitution ), grapple for understanding simplicity in Gods natural laws of nature. It becomes more obvious for some where Truth lies. As Archer says it is the basis of Equality and ( Brakah, blessed liberality ) classical liberalism. Education is paramount. " Liberties exist in proportion to wholesome restraint. " Chophshiy, Eleutheria, and Apeleutheros Freedoms are for all, to secure and assure each individual has access. Spiritual emancipation in contrast to the natural freedman. To many grow up now days with secular perennialism ( Nadiyb liberal topics first, Churl in nature, vile ), as apposed to essenialism,( skills first ). Astute in the obvious. Thank you Mike, as for David and, Me Again, their overview is clouded, by lack of a classical education, or perhaps they are Nadiyb in their mindset. Freedom is absolute, thank you Robert, the French understood then, as those around the world now come to understand ( Drowr, true, pure, freedom ).

Cal, Lewisville

Everyone knows that no one is free to do whatever he pleases.  We would be living by the Law of the Jungle.  Rules and Laws restrict freedom; however, they are necessary if we are to live as a civilized society.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Cal, Lewisville 1/9/24

Cal, you are expanding the definition of freedom, liberty and inalienable rights beyond the confines of nature's law. Rules and Laws do NOT restrict freedom but rather, define it. By example, if you step off a cliff, you are not restricted from falling; or, if you add 2 + 2 to equal 4, you are not restricted because 4 is not 5. True nature's law  is, what it is. If doing whatever anyone please demonstrates a violation of law (violence perpetrated on the innocence by example) then it is NOT an exercise in freedom, liberty or inalienable right but rather, simply an illicit / felonious act  worthy of and governed by an act of justice.

warren, cook ne

Freedom only can exist when we accept the responsibility that comes with it. We learn about consequences ideally as children.  It is ignoring our responsibilities that ultimately costs us our freedom. Whether it is as an individual or as a country.

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

This is a correct thought.  The interconnectedness of the life process requires all life to shed itself of disease and think in harmony to enable growth and progress.


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