old europe wrote:
So you do think that there's a difference between economic freedom and freedom in social issues?
There are areas or categories that have degrees of freedom, and I don't think that all of those areas always are affected to the same extent by various political systems or governments, but I do think that they tend to be affected in the same general way by various governments although perhaps not to the same extent. For example, in communist countries, economic freedom, religious freedom, freedom of speech, and other freedoms are all impacted, although perhaps not all to the same extent.
Rather than drawing a spectrum for each category, I think it makes more sense to draw one spectrum and sort of take all freedoms in aggregate. I think the spectrums are not at cross purposed to each other, they tend to be somewhat parallel anyway, and I also think that some categories or areas are of much greater importance. For example, economic freedom covers a very large portion of what defines a political system, I think.
When you speak of freedom in social issues, it really depends upon what you are labeling freedom. For example, with drug use, if European countries hand out free needles or free drugs, that is not freedom but it is subsidization of destructive behavior. That is a bit different than Libertarian that believes certain drugs should be legal, but that does not translate into believing that the government should subsidize it. Nor does freedom necessarily mean we have to teach stuff in school,using taxpayer dollars.