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Finding Freedom

(39) Finding Freedom - Robert Wooster, Department of Mathematics

ldquo;For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela

Freedom is something we cherish and celebrate and is one of the founding principles of this country, but what does it mean to be free?  What is the effect of the ever-increasing number of laws on freedom and liberty?  Federal tax laws alone in the U.S. take up about 75,000 pages!  On an individual level, what are the responsibilities of a citizen living in a free society?  We will investigate these questions and how they relate to current economic, political, and scientific issues through a variety of media, including reading, film, and classroom activities.  Along our journey we will encounter 1984 by George Orwell, and works by John Locke, Milton Freidman, and Thomas Sowell.