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“Freedom for the pike is death for the minnows”

"Freedom for the pike is death for the minnows"

Dr.moosa Elayah

Although, freedom has ‘ a strong laudatory emotive meaning’, it cannot be taken to be good in itself as it depends on what one is free to do. Sometimes, freedom, has to give way to other claims, e.g. equality, justice, or security. Freedom has to be reconciled with the necessities of the social transformation and terms of the authorities where we live. However, those terms have never been absolute or unchanging. Liberal state of the nineteenth century have been gradually replaced by the social service state of the twentieth century in the name of social justice. The demand for freedom moved from the political sphere to economic fronts. The state began to realize the ever-changing demands of the people in pursuit of liberty and social justice. Education, unemployment, housing, public health, public libraries etc were organize in the interest of those who could not be able to help themselves. It is widely argued that so long as there is inequality there cannot be liberty or freedom

Laski writes liberty or freedom as the affirmation by an individual or group of his or its own essence. The problem of liberty has been the factor responsible for the prevention of those restraints, in one hand, men at any given period are not prepared to tolerate and on the other hand, the denial of opportunities leads to frustration which leads to imminent or actual disorder

Two things can be highlighted with regard to liberty. The core feature tends to maintain its permanent character, while its content may be changing with time and place. For example, in a particular point of time the demand for freedom may be expressed in terms of political enfranchisement and other point of time may be expressed upon religious expression. Liberty or freedom cannot be absolute as they are related to law. The freedom of economic enterprise have been curtailed in recent decades for the sake of other ends. The existence of social order rests on the imposition of some restraints. Law is not necessarily the enemy of everyone’s freedom; “freedom for the pike is death for the minnows” (Action, Lord, 1909

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