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Freedom

On Jean-Paul Sartre
Sartre
Halcyon In Kal… 1 May 2020

 

Man is nothing else but that which he makes of himself. That is the first principle of existentialism

Jean-Paul Sartre, whom I studied at university and whose work has interested me ever since, introduces us to the idea of our absolute freedom. While he admits that we are limited by some physical and social circumstances, he places us utterly in charge of ourselves.

What's Changing? - Freedom
Freedom
Halcyon Identifies 10 April 2020

 

Please see below recent freedom-related change.

 

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April 2020

What's New? - Freedom
Freedom
Halcyon Identifies 1 January 2020

 

Halcyon curates the most significant freedom-related content from carefully selected sources. Please contact us if you'd like our help with freedom-related challenges.

What's New? - Choice
Choices
Halcyon Identifies 1 January 2020

 

Halcyon curates the most significant choice-related content from carefully selected sources. Please contact us if you'd like our help with choice-related challenges.

On Filters
Filters
Halcyon In Kal… 1 January 2020

 

On George Orwell
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Halcyon In Kal… 11 February 2019

 

According to Open Culture, Orwell's Animal Farm was almost never published.  The manuscript barely survived the Nazi bombing of London during World War II, and then initially T.S. Eliot (an important editor at Faber & Faber) and other publishers rejected the book.  It eventually came to see the light of day but, reportedly, Animal Farm still can’t be legally read in China, Burma and North Korea, or across large parts of the Islamic world. 

However, the Internet Archive offers free access to audio versions of Animal Farm and Orwell’s other major classic, 1984.

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On Countries

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Imagine that we could build "start-up countries" and escape limiting, outdated forms of governance that hold people back. "Seasteading", according to its advocates, has the promise to do this, creating new "spaces for human freedom".

Inspired by a dying man's legacy to the young

In the last months of his life, a physically weakened Christopher Hitchens travelled to the Texas Freethought Convention and while there, an eight-year-old girl asked Hitchens what books she should consider reading. Intrigued, Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the youngster and sketching out a reading list (below). His last words to her? "Lots of love...remember the love bit..."

On Colin Wilson
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Halcyon In Kal… 23 December 2013

Sad to read of the passing of Colin Wilson, a truly open-minded polymath, whose books, exhaustive range of interests, freedom of expression and seemingly boundless productivity I long found inspiring.

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