Saturday, July 04, 2009

On Liberty

"WHAT, then, is the rightful limit to the sovereignty of the individual over himself? Where does the authority of society begin? How much of human life should be assigned to individuality, and how much to society?"

- John Locke
- On Liberty

I've been thinking a lot about re-reading On Liberty. Thank you to that one ex-boyfriend with the philosophy fetish*. In 1869 (a mere 100 years before my birth) the distinguished Mr. Locke published his thoughts on liberty, democracy and the individual. These questions begin the 4th section of the treatise, Of The Limits to the Authority of the Society Over The Individual. They are questions people all over the world, and especially I think, in America have been wrestling with both before and since. Doesn't look like the debate is going to be settled any time soon.

And that's a good thing.

Happy Independence Day, y'all, may your burgers have just the right amount of cheese, your hot dogs a perfect slathering of relish and your beer be deliciously cold.

*If you think this means I had to dress up as famous philosophers to get laid, well...I'm not going to correct you.


  1. OH, MY LMAO at your notation there.

    Happy 4th, Kizz!

  2. Wow! Shizzle, pop and bang Kizz!

  3. I politely demand tomorrow's ten things be about which philosophers you've used in the quest to, uh....get some.

  4. Can I borrow your Hiedegger mustache?