Since long time ago, liberty has been one of the most significant aspects protecting rights and freedom of all citizen of any given citizen across the world. Due to this fact, all governments across the world have been doing all their best to ensure that they protect the liberty of their citizens at all costs. Liberty refers to the state of a free person, exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of an individual or service; it is freedom opposed to slavery, bondage, subjection or serfdom (The Emma Goldman Papers 1). Due to the fact that liberty is a term that started to be used by many different countries even before the beginning of 18th century, it had many different meanings according to many different countries. While liberty means something different today, it had a different meaning in different countries in the 19th century with the United States being a good example. While liberty refers currently to the state of a free person, exemption from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership of an individual or service; it is freedom opposed to slavery, bondage, subjection or serfdom, these documents (referenced) shows that in the United States during the late 19th century, liberty referred to a superstition artificially created and maintained through a series of lies and falsehood and which robed man of his self-respect and dignity, and raised his arrogance and conceit (The Emma Goldman Papers 2). Conceit, arrogance, and egotism were actually essentials of liberty by then. This is because people who had the luck of some certain spot considered themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent compared to the other people inhabiting any other spot. It was, therefore, duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill, and die in an attempt to impose his superiority upon all others. By doing this, the actual meaning of liberty as known today was denied to many people because their rights and freedom were denied and violated directly and indirectly using any means possible.
The Emma Goldman Papers. (Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays 3rd Ed.” Patriotism: A menace to liberty. New York: Mother Earth Publishing Association, 1917, 1-9.
The US Survey Course on the Web. ADDENDUM: Who was shut out? : Immigration Quotas, 1925–1927. Web. Nov. 17, 2011.
U.S. Supreme Court. BUCK v. BELL, 274 U.S. 200 (1927), 274 U.S. 200, and BUCK v. BELL, Superintendent of State Colony Epileptics and Feeble Minded, No. 292. Web. Nov. 17, 2011.
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