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The word freedom implies an individual is unfettered in any manner to act. Freedom implies no boundaries to limit human actions.
The concept of boundaries, however, transforms the word freedom into the word liberty. Whereas the concept of freedom ignores the concept of obligations, the concept of liberty implies potential obligations. The word freedom ignores interactions with other humans, the word liberty acknowledges those interactions. The word liberty describes specific freedoms of action without obligations toward others, but recognizes that obligations might exist. The concept of boundaries introduces obligations toward other people. The concept of freedom implies unrestricted movement and actions regardless of boundaries, but the concept of liberty implies restrictions on actions because of boundaries. Liberty acknowledges possible boundaries and merely is freedom from fiat boundaries.
In relation to the quote “Equality is the sole of liberty; there is, in fact no liberty without it” (Frances Wright) It is clear to understand that as liberty implies certain obligations of society, i.e The Rule of Law, Taxation. Bestowing unequal obligations onto any group in society i.e Slavery, completely destroys any chance of liberty for those that are oppressed or impeded by inequality.
Within society, there are various factors that contribute to the development of prejudice and discrimination from birth. When discussing prejudice and discrimination it is important to understand their meanings. According to the text (Shapiro & Neuberg, 2007) prejudice refers to negative attitudes towards others while discrimination refers to negative behaviours towards others. Biases involved in prejudice and discrimination are culturally conditioned, meaning that preconceptions are learned and developed as people grow and observe the environment. This is exemplified in debated…...

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