“Your liberty to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.”
This statement (often wrong attributed to everyone from John Stuart Mill to Abe Lincoln) made in 1882 by Prohibition Chairman John B Finch is a call to delineate that fuzzy boundary of personal freedom among individuals. It seems simple enough — you are free to act however you want, as long as that action doesn’t impact the freedom of someone else.
In other words, your personal freedom ends where another’s begins.
We would probably all agree with this statement. Yet in a world in which we are all connected and even our smallest action can impact another person, how might we understand the limits of personal freedom?
We’re hip-hop freestyle philosophers this week. Hope you’ll join us for the conversation!