what is the difference between freedom and liberty

@winterose (39918)
March 28, 2008 3:21pm CST
freedom and liberty can have completely different meanings, how would you define that difference
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@GhostCat (313)
• United States
29 Mar 08
Both freedom and liberty can be defined as a state of mind. The dictionary definition of freedom would be: the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints and the dictionary definition of liberty is immunity from arbitrary exercise of authority or political independence. Thus freedom has a much broader sense than the word liberty which has much more of a type of political connotation than freedom does. Freedom can be freedom from want freedom enslavement or bondage, whereas liberty is more of an action you have liberty's to do various things such as vote, practice religion, participate in politics, etc. This is a very simplified explination. Volumes have been written on these concepts.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
29 Mar 08
yes there is volumes written on this and that is why I thought it might make a good discussion topic thank you for responding