Defending the Ideals of Freedom in Our Non-Ideal Public Life - - Sightings (William Schweiker)
What is freedom and what does it mean to be free? The United States was founded on the premise of freedom, though we have not always lived out that promise. Freedom, even at the beginning was something only white males could enjoy. Over time it has been expanded, but not completely. We live at a time of growing attraction to authoritarianism (usually in the form of populism). In part, this openness to authoritarianism is accompanied by or lead up to through a closing of the mind. In this essay, William Schweiker, a professor at the University of Chicago points to two figures who have addressed some of the questions we are facing today -- those persons being Jurgen Habermas (a contemporary philosopher) and Erasmus, who lived five centuries in the past. I invite you to read and if you would like -- respond to his essay.