Free will may be defined as 'the ability to decide what to do independently of any outside influence' (Cambridge English Dictionary). In the modern world, received wisdom informs us that there is no free will. Nobody can freely decide what to do. This is mostly because of The Man, and also because of Capitalism, Colonialism, Multiple Historical Grievances, and other oppressive influences we all know about from personal experience: racism, sexism, exploitism, etc. Plus sheer bad luck and misfortune, and our general vulnerability to the risks posed by life, which are also important factors contributing to the structural conditions that displace free will. All these factors beyond our control prevent us from achieving our goals through no fault of our own. If something is not our fault then, obviously, there is nothing we can do about it, and Somebody needs to help us. This is where Social Justice comes in. Social Justice is a way of allowing the government to step in and make sure we are not forced to solve our own problems.
Economic liberty is an essential component of human freedom. Economic liberty does not mean 'the love of money' or 'valuing money over people's lives'. Economic liberty is part of the freedom that gives true meaning to human life and differentiates a human being from, say, a tree, that may well be alive and well, thriving in the garden, but has no concept of its own agency or self-worth. There it stands, rooted, safe and secure in a field, for hundreds of years, being watered by the rain and fed by the earth, but it has no sense of personal accomplishment. Human beings are not like plants - we strive always to balance freedom with security because we know that without freedom, security is meaningless.
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