Point of Contact: "Freedom" by Jonathan Franzen

Wednesday, 02 Mar 2011

"Freedom" is a word that gets bandied about a lot, mostly by politicians and ideologues. They shroud it in historical nostalgia and glittering, indeterminate progressive garb, tapping into the subjective warmth and tempered patriotism it elicits in their hearers. What exactly we need to be freed from and what we'll do with that freedom once we have it, they never bother to elucidate clearly. Why should they? Freedom is good. We want to be free. The problem with their side-stepping is that it doesn't address the question that's becoming ever more prevalent in a ...

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