Ben Wray: Do we believe in freedom as a universal right or freedom as a special privilege?
CommonSpace columnist and Common Weal head of policy Ben Wray explores what it means to be free and how it can be achieved
"Freedom is so much the essence of man that even its opponents implement it while combating its reality; they want to appropriate for themselves as a most precious ornament what they have rejected as an ornament of human nature.
"No man combats freedom; at most he combats the freedom of others. Hence every kind of freedom has always existed, only at one time as a special privilege, at another as a universal right."