Texas Public Radio: The ‘Unruly History’ Of Modern Freedom.
What is “freedom”? What does it mean to be “free”? The answer hasn’t always been the same. Freedom is a lofty ideal celebrated by poets, artists and philosophers, but it’s also an formidable ideological weapon. There are countless examples of freedom being invoked to achieve political ends for good and evil. In her book, Annelien de Dijn describes modern freedom as “the equating of liberty with restraints on state power.” What does freedom mean to you? Whose freedom matters?
This Hell! Radio: Freedom against democracy: On the idea of liberty without equality.
Historian Annelien de Dijn explores how modern conceptions of freedom shifted from collective capacity for self-governance to an individualistic notion of life without the state – and explains how that shift was driven by anti-democratic, reactionary forces in rebellion against the equalizing potential of democratic governance.
Novaramedia: What if everything you thought you knew about freedom was wrong?
For generations of political activists, revolutionaries, utopians and dreamers, freedom has been the watchword of political struggle. People have stood on barricades and in front of tanks demanding it, wasted in prisons in defence of it and stood in front of firing squads for fighting for it. But what kind of freedom were they fighting for?
TIME Magazine: ‘Freedom’ Means Something Different to Liberals and Conservatives. Here’s How the Definition Split—And Why That Still Matters.
Utrecht University – Max Weber Lecture EUI
The Atlantic Revolutions of the late eighteenth century were not just democratic revolutions, as R.R. Palmer would have it; they were also egalitarian revolutions. American, Dutch and French revolutionaries were convinced that their experiment with democratic government could only succeed in societies with a more or less equal distribution of property. Hence, they introduced a host of laws designed to create or maintain greater social equality. While the economic egalitarianism of the Atlantic Revolutions has been more or less forgotten by historians and the broader public, it can plausibly be argued that the Atlantic Revolutions constitute a “usable past” for contemporary egalitarians.