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Type: Paperbook
Authors: Høgni Hoydal
Categories: Essay Collections
Origin country: Faroe Islands
Making up: Dimmalætting
ISBN: 978-99918-55-4
Date of publication : 16. November 2010
Pages: 297
Cover: Heft bók

Frælsi er ábyrgd

Høgni Hoydal

Freedom is an abused concept. In world history as well as Faroese history. Just in the same way as democracy is freedom, and thus a positive word. Therefore it is a label which all people of authority use about that which they stand for. One label reads “economic freedom”. Another one reads “personal freedom”. A third one “free market forces”. A fourth one “political freedom”. And so on. If freedom is everything which is called freedom then freedom is everything. Which makes it an empty notion. This is most likely the reason why this concept has lost its value in the political debate. It has been abused to the extent that its meaning is vague and unclear. This also seems to be the reason why we now hesitate to talk about freedom. But if we do not dare to talk about freedom then we truly are not free at all. 

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About the author Høgni Hoydal

was born in 1966 and is a Faroese politician. He holds a degree in history and journalism from Roskilde University. Before entering politics, Hoydal was a sailor, a substitute teacher and a journalist at the Faroese Broadcasting Corporation. In 1998 he was elected to Parliament as a member of the separatist political party Tjóðveldisflokkurin. He later became the chairman of the party.

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