Freedom And Responsibility In Public Life

Scales of Justice by Flickr user srqpix
"Scales of Justice" by Flickr user srqpix

In this week’s edition of my podcast, Public Life Today, I talk about the balance that needs to be struck between freedom and responsibility.

For people who run online communities this can be especially troubling, as the relative anonymity of the online world makes it easy to go too far and say things that infringe on the sense of safety of others. That is, we can have almost perfect freedom of speech online, but at what cost?

In online spaces, the premium is often on freedom of expression. But I would argue that at least as much attention must be paid to ensuring that people are acting with responsibility.

Otherwise, public life becomes Hobbesian and people who ought to be there are driven out.

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One thought on “Freedom And Responsibility In Public Life”

  1. Wonderful points Brad! The boarding school St. Paul’s School frames its education as “Freedom with Responsibility.” Very moving as a parent to think about giving that to your child. Risky but right on to market that idea to teens. It’s one of my favorite ways I’ve seen a school frame its mission. (They are not a client of mine so I take no credit.) Now if we adults can live up to that ideal!

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