The Freedom Framework: How a Renewed Vision of Freedom Can Serve as The Moral Compass for America

The Freedom Framework: How a Renewed Vision of Freedom Can Serve as The Moral Compass for America

June 7, 2007
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The public policy disasters of recent years, and the vast changes facing us as a nation, present a major opportunity for big, fresh thinking about America’s future. Only when advocates of social change are armed with an inspiring and commanding vision that is powerful, clear and has a strong moral bottom line can they make major policy advances and regain predominance in America. 

This briefing paper suggests that those committed to a more caring, equitable, and democratic America must reclaim the value of freedom and reassert its inextricable link to fairness and the common good.  It shows how a vision of freedom that emphasizes our obligations towards one another can inspire Americans to reconnect to a history in which freedom has represented the highest hopes for our nation, from the revolution to the women’s and civil rights movements.  Returning to such a vision of freedom will allow us to reach across political divides and transcend the individualism, selfishness, and enmity 
that so dominate our society and political arena.