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What does it mean to live in a free society?

The word freedom is thrown around  a fair bit these days.  So I decided to ask myself, can we come up with a workable definition of a free society?  Let's not go to extremes like anarchy.  Let us acknowledge that there will be a government and it will infringe on people's freedoms.  Let's also not go the extremes like communism where just because we infringe on some rights doesn't mean we should infringe on all rights.


So here's what I came with as a reasonable state of a free society.

A free society is one in which the default position is freedom.  It is up to the government to prove the harm caused by individual freedom in any area is so great that the government must intervene. Now naturally what is 'harm' and how do you define 'great'?  I'm not going to attempt to give any kind of quantifiable definition to those questions.  However just rephrase your thought process around this statement.  It is up to the government to prove the harm is so g…