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Freedom: Freedom (n.) The capacity of an individual or group for exchange of goods, services, knowledge or information with others, publicly or privately.

One person alone on a planet is not free.

Much has been written about freedom or the lack of it, but little on the somewhat fundamental question of why freedom actually matters, in terms of social physics. Occam's Razor suggests that all universal aspects of humanity, such as humour, dislike of mothers-in-law, and the desire for freedom, stem from pragmatic evolutionary reasons rather than collective whimsey or mass education. Freedom, thus, serves a socially beneficial purpose, and humans that strive for freedom (like those who strive to create distance between them and their mothers-in-law) tend to be more successful, genetically. What is then, that purpose? The key insight about freedom is that one man, alone on a planet, is not free. Freedom is not about walls and chains per-se, it is about the effect of those walls and chains on our need, as social animals, to be part of greater society. To take one example: much of Africa can correctly be described as a prison because so many Africans have close to zero capacity for exchange of goods, services, knowledge, or information with the greater world, due to difficult geography and artificial barriers.

Freedom requires privacy; the loss of privacy is directly responsible for the loss of freedom, because if an exchange cannot be private then it cannot happen optimally.

  • City: City (n.) 1. A large urban center that is built by successive waves of upwardly-mobile immigrants and run by generations of political elites that hate immigrants. 2. A large collection of buildings maintained at expense to be optimal homes for cockroaches and rats. [power society trade]
  • Music: Music (n.) Acoustic vibrations that resonate pleasurably with the brain. [mind]
  • Survival: Survival (n.) The art of so far, so good. [epicfail]
  • Government: Government (n.) A social structure that regulates trade and punishment. [ethics]
  • Monopoly: Monopoly (n.) The resting point of unchecked corporate interests. [money power]
  • Tolerance: Tolerance (n.) Acceptance of self. [you]
  • Money: Money (n.) A token representing a share in a social contract between state and citizen. [money power]
  • Silence: Silence (n.) The sound of something really terrible just about to happen. [epicfail]
  • Time: Time (n.) The difference between yesterday and tomorrow. [chaos]
  • Software: Software (n.) The expression of human stupidity in computer-executable form. [stupidity toys]
  • Civilisation: Civilisation (n.) An extended holiday. [epicfail oil]
  • Pessimist: Pessimist (n.) Someone who fears that life does have a point, but does not get it. [you]
  • Optimist: Optimist (n.) Someone who either understands that life is pointless, or hopes that it is. [you]
  • Pension: Pension (n.) Something your parents got. [greed money]
  • Derivative: Derivative (n.) Maths used as economic warfare. [greed violence]
  • Investment: Investment (n.) A form of wealth redistribution in which the rich convince the middle class to hand over their life savings in exchange for a temporary adrenalin rush. [money stupidity]
  • Panic: Panic (n.) The realization that the bear is catching up on you. [food]
  • Africa: Africa (n.) A large continent that acts as a prison for most of the world's poor black people. [disease power prison trade]
  • Football: Football (n.) A primitive form of soccer. [sport]
  • Fishing: Fishing (n.) A sport that unites the world's richest and poorest in pursuit of the same aquatic prey. [food sport]
  • Insurance: Insurance (n.) A form of gambling in which the house always wins, even if it burns down. [money]
  • Success: Success (n.) A temporary stay of defeat. [epicfail]
  • Friday: Friday (n.) One of the greatest achievements of the modern trade union movement. [beer]
  • Free Trade: Free trade (n.) An ideal economic system in which the powerful are free to define the terms of trade. [economics]
  • Motherhood: Motherhood (n.) In which a woman gives up the stress and loneliness of a career for the comfort of family and children. Considered to be a state of failure by many feminists and politically correct thinkers. [female power]
  • Feminism: Feminism (n.) The belief that women can be free only by being more masculine than men. [female power]
  • Committee: Committee (n.) An organizational structure designed to prevent distressing amounts of initiative and change. [groups stupidity]
  • Artificial intelligence: Artificial intelligence (n.) The extension of collective intelligence using technological solutions. [mind society]
  • Us: Us (n.) Everyone except you. [you]
  • Internet: Internet (n.) A bunch of tubes, run by pirates, which strangled the music industry. [communications mind]
  • Truth: Truth (n) That which, when the lies and inaccuracies are removed, remains. [truth]
  • Random: Random (adj.) Measured with insufficient accuracy. [chaos truth]
  • Journalism: Journalism (n.) A form of fiction in which the lies are well disguised. [fiction]
  • Unemployment: Unemployment (n.) A type of social exclusion that is worse than some forms of slavery. [money society]
  • Employment: Employment (n.) A form of slavery that is better than most of the alternatives. [money]
  • Guilt: Guilt (n.) An illogical regret at having gotten away with it. [stupidity]
  • Battery: Battery (n.) Portable civilization. [technology]
  • Car: Car (n.) The best argument against economic development. [stupidity]
  • Backup: Backup (n.) Like experience, something you don't have when you actually need it. [stupidity technology]
  • Computer: Computer (n.) A convenient place to store all your precious data, before it crashes. [technology]