This is one of the more stirring, inspirational pieces of writing that I've read in a long time. It's by Bill Moyers who eloquently articulates what our heart and soul is as a nation.
Moyers critiques the neo-liberal notion of freedom as reducible to a private value. He says that we basically need to rescue the concept of freedom from the right wing which has distorted it for its own narrow, economistic purposes. Freedom, Moyers, explains is essentially a social idea, which explains why the worship for the free market “fails as a compelling idea in terms of the moral reasoning of freedom itself.”
Moreover, we as a nation have a long ennobling history—however flawed by horrible and challeging contradictions like slavery, racism, exclusionary processes, etc.—that equates freedom to social justice.
A must-read. Thank you, Bill! Yes, you should run for president! -Angela