Freedom™ by Nadia Nasir

In case you haven’t noticed, America is absolutely crazy about freedom. Well, not necessarily ‘freedom’, per se, but Freedom™ — as brought to you by the United States of America. You know, stars, stripes, and unalienable rights. The freedoms of speech, press, petition, assembly, and religion. The freedom to purchase guns and the free market system. Fat-free, meat-free, free of blemishes and human deficiency (à la Hollywood); discrimination-free, segregation-free, free to think what you want, do what you want, and achieve what you want regardless of sex, race, religion, or disability.

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Freedom To Ignore by Layla Carr

Layla Carr is a Washington DC-born blogger and science fiction writer. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, and is currently based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she works a day job and routinely gets up-in-arms about feminism, traffic jams, and people who are wrong on the internet. She can be reached at …

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Possibility

Jessica Cox is a motivational speaker. She is a black belt in tae kwon do, a graduate in psychology, a pianist, a wife, and an airplane pilot. She drives herself to work, travels the globe, brushes her hair, and can even eat with chopsticks. There’s no question: Jessica Cox is an inspiration to us all. Oh …

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Armchair Anarchists by Anna Forsyth

Anna Forsyth is a London-based multi-award winning writer (including the BBC Playtime Award 2010), who is currently completing an MA in Scriptwriting at Goldsmiths. She has run her own theatre company Up In The Gods for the last few years, putting on two four-star productions at the Edinburgh Fringe (The Gay Geese 2010, The Mourning Party …

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Liberty by Joe Roberts

A new article on Isaiah Berlin’s concepts of positive and negative liberty, and their impact on the author’s journey into discovering how to attain greater freedom – by Joe Roberts. “To know one’s chains is the first step to freedom, which may never come if one loves or ignores them.” 

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Anonymous

It’s been just over two weeks since Internet genius Aaron Swartz took his own life. The creator of the popular website Reddit was facing criminal charges for illegally downloading files from JSTOR, a database of academic research. The sentence he might have faced if found guilty (up to 35 years in prison and a $1 …

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In Defense of New Year’s Resolutions

Maybe you’ve done this before. Somewhere around the end of December or as late as the beginning of January, you’ve stood in front of your figurative or literal mirror, looked yourself square in the eyes and said the most magical of magic words. “Self,” you’ve said, “this year is going to be better. You are …

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The Bright Side of the Apocalypse

Tomorrow, they say, the world is going to end. Whether you believe in the doomsday prophecies or not, you’ve probably heard that the Mayan calendar will come to a close on December 21st. Speculations as to what could happen range from the cataclysmic environmental disasters, to a visit from extraterrestrials, to nothing at all – …

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F for Friendly

You can find it written on the official website of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) under the section titled ‘Scout Law’. Check out ‘F’ for ‘Friendly’: “A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his …

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Awkward Encounters of a Ridiculous Kind

I hate aliens. Not the immigration kind; I’m talking big-eyed, squishy, green monsters that supposedly live in a galaxy far, far away. I’ve always found them utterly ridiculous and irrelevant, because really – don’t we have enough to worry about here on Earth without spending all our time scanning the night sky for mysterious flashing …

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