Liberty and individual responsibility preserve and affirm the dignity of the individual, whereas coercion and self-indulgence are demeaning. Understanding the interdependence among liberty, dignity, and responsibility is essential for broadening support for a free—and good—society.

Daniel B. Klein is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and Professor of Economics at George Mason University.
FreedomPhilosophy and Religion
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