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    Posted: 08-Apr-2007 at 10:09
Will freedom be seen as a weird dead ideology mostly linked to the 20th century? The way in which we associate Puritanism with the 17th and Feudalism with the Middle Ages.
In the 21st century freedom is no-longer possible. DNA Registers, Biometric Passports, Car Tracking, Shopping Tracking, Chipped ID Cards,  CCTV's, most nations new security acts over the last few years. 1984 isn't a prediction, it's a promotional video.
In the past few people lived in small communities. Everyone's business was known to the majority. It was virtually impossible for an individual to act differently to the herd and not become known to all.
The later 19th and 20th centuries provided an explosion in population and growth of chatioc population centres, where neighbours and state alike were unable to keep track of all.
So the 20th century may simply be an anomoly, where is was possible for an individual in a mass city to become anonymous.
So, is freedom merely anonymity from the state? A place with a malaise of people too numerous to quantify by other people and the technology not yet in existence to do it electronically?
Or to put it bluntly, merely an accidental consequence of shagging like rabbits in a low tech society.

Edited by Paul - 08-Apr-2007 at 10:15
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I don't think so.. it comes and goes.
People in Europe in 1300 may have been unable to imagine a time where they would be free from the church, don't you think?  Yet here we are, free to ignore them as we see fit.
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For me to be free means to be able to do what you want with you're life when it is not harming the others.So even in a comunity with all the ID,Car,Shoping and so on IDs we can still be free to do what we want.After all,all those things like ID and car tracking are to help us and not make us less free.I bealive the biggest freedom however is not to be physically free but mentaly.It means that a free man is the one who can use free and objective source of information-to simply know the true side of everything that is going on.In this case we are all in somekind slaves of our own national ideology and history and only when there is for example only 1 world-wide media that shows the same thing to all we will be all free.........or all slaves-depends on what this media shows.
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