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Episode 1224

What we mean by freedom / Annelien de Dijn

Sep 8 2020

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Annelien de Dijn

Freedom against democracy: On the idea of liberty without equality.

Historian Annelien de Dijn explores how modern conceptions of freedom shifted from collective capacity for self-governance to an individualistic notion of life without the state - and explains how that shift was driven by anti-democratic, reactionary forces in rebellion against the equalizing potential of democratic governance.

Annelien is author of Freedom: An Unruly History from Harvard University Press.