What’s the Difference Between Liberty and Freedom?

Here’s a few random, but hardly exhaustive thoughts on the difference between liberty and freedom.

Liberty connotates what is right, while freedom connotates independence and the freedom to think, feel, and act as one pleases. Liberty is connected to self-rule and self-determination, but in a principled manner that respects the natural rights/liberties of others, and is a form of morally restrained freedom, while freedom is more of a general term, and when not constrained by morality, is far broader and less principled, and therefore more preferential; freedom can, at times, trample the rights of others through self-indulgence and self-centeredness.

Someone can leave prison after finishing their sentence, and while they are free from prison, they are not necessarily a liberated being, as long as they are still thinking and behaving in the unprincipled manner that caused them to become imprisoned in the first place. Liberty is a category of freedom, so any so-called freedom that enslaves the personality, such as the freedom to participate in a vice, is actually slavery to the vice. A lot of so-called freedoms are pathways to slavery, unless they are rooted in liberty (aka natural rights). To truly understand how unbridled freedom can lead to slavery, I recommend Jordan Peterson’s breakdown of the Pinocchio story to see how participating in the freedoms of “pleasure island” lead to one’s devolution into donkey’s, and ultimately their enslavement as beasts of burden.

Logocentrism and Logocentric philosophies espouses the tenets of liberty, which is principled freedom based in natural rights, while Satanism and Luciferianism, along with their nihilistic philosophical offshoots, espouse a “do what thou wilt” form of freedom, which is unbridled freedom and license to do whatever one pleases, regardless of how it might violate the natural rights of another. The latter, and the tenets of “do what thou wilt”, are essentially encouraging slavery via unbridled freedom, therefore fulfilling Pinocchio’s “pleasure island” metaphor perfectly.

§ 57. The law, that was to govern Adam, was the same that was to govern all his posterity, the law of reason. […] So that, however it may be mistaken, the end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom: for in all the states of created beings capable of laws, where there is no law, there is no freedom: for liberty is, to be free from restraint and violence from others; which cannot be, where there is no law: but freedom is not, as we are told, a liberty for every man to do what he lists: (for who could be free, when every other man’s humour might domineer over him?) but a liberty to dispose, and order as he lists, his person, actions, possessions, and his whole property, within the allowance of those laws under which he is, and therein not to be subject to the arbitrary will of another, but freely follow his own.

~John Locke, Second Treatise on Government, §57

I think the concepts of liberty and freedom have been purposefully confused over the past 100 years or so, maybe longer, to facilitate the take down of the the country that most represents the principles of liberty and natural law, the USA, and by extension, Western nations aligned with classical liberalism. Removing morality, and therefore liberty, from the people’s understanding of freedom, has caused them to define freedom as unfettered license to act as one pleases, free from moral constraints, therefore shifting people away from the underlying Logocentric principles of liberty, and towards Satanic nihilistic philosophies that encourage a wide open “do what thou wilt” concept of freedom—all ultimately designed to trick Americans, and by extension Westerners, into slavery.

The excerpt on pleasure island begins at 59:18 to about 1:15:18 minute mark on the first video.

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