Freedom as a Commodity

Pete Ippel

Let’s say freedom is a commodity not a dichotomy.

Therefore when considering the cost of freedom, I am inclined to compare use and exchange value. How does one quantify either? It’s so very abstract. Is freedom useless? No. Freedom fulfills the human need to differentiate – to ascertain what makes someone or something different. Can one exchange freedom for something else? Yes, often for convenience, privacy, health, or safety. Freedom is not either/or, it’s an absurd both/and of exchange and use value.

At this moment Bassel Khartabil is disappeared for communicating his views on freedom of expression and has been forced to exchange his freedom of mobility in addition to many other human rights. I stand with the #FREEBASSEL campaign in demanding Bassel Khartabil’s location information and immediate release.

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