Liberty – Liberty means freedom
Liberty means freedom. In other words absence of restrictions and limitations. But it does not mean that there should be no restrictions. we look hack at the past we come to know that in England, many peasants were bound to the soil. could only change their habitation with the consent of their lord. and were compelled to render him agricultural service whenever he required them. No subjects of the State possessed any vote or power of expressing their approval or disapproval of the actions taken by those in authority. Their overlords could. without fear or redress punish them unjustly or defraud them. To make it clear we can quote an example. The Great Charter granted by King John has always seen viewed as the basis of English liberty. It granted extended freedom of commerce. forbade the selling. denying or delaying of justice and the arbitrary spoliation of life. liberty and property. Gradually the people by continual struggle won for themselves a voice in public affairs. the right to legislate fur themselves and perfect liberty of individual speech and action. long as that action did not conflict WNW the interests of neigh hours or of the nation at large. until England their he applied became the home of freedom All inner he world this can The English ideas of Freedom have been carried and ruu into
operation in tluse untried which were under British rule. Her colonists and her subjects injury in ali essentials. the same liberty of action as the Englishman The result in some cases has not been altogether Barry. The English won their privileges one by one. in a wise and constitutional manner, hy hard struggles, and learnt not to amuse them, that is why at the resent day England is not only the freest hut also the most law aiding nation in the world. Their whole progress is due to their constant struggle and freedom. If we look imi, the historical perspective, we see that people who have been slaves tor centuries. when suddenly permitted to indulge in free thought. speech, and action, often do not know how to use their lichen Their old standards and rules of life are changed They do nor recognize readily what is Honorable and expedient, and what is not. Liberty degenerates into licence
Freedom of speech is interpreted as Permission to pour scurrilous abuse upon any one who may excite their dislike Freedom of action results in crimes of the warts descriptive assassination, arson, and rapine The virtues of discipline a self. control become objects of contempt. Progress is impossible until the strong arm of the law steps in, and it is recognized that licence can only mean tyranny and that general freedom is a fraud and a delusion unless it is restricted hy wise laws which forbid crime. slander and mph interference with the Sherrie of other, and until the social conditions discourage childish and petulant outbursts and insist upon education. sober self-control and a proper respect to constituted authority Liberty is a great hissing it sought for some positive purpose and taken as a means of acquiring healthy and favorable circumstances for herder progress and real happiness.