Important to distinguish between positive and negative freedom


What do we really mean when we talk about freedom? Do we mean freedom from coercion and obstruction or freedom to act in accordance with our innermost desires? Gina Gustavsson, researcher in political science, talks about the difference between positive and negative freedom.

Gina Gustavsson explains why it can actually be an act of freedom to prevent a friend from drinking a glass of wine. She also discusses the different ways in which the word freedom can be interpreted in politics, for example during the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden.

Read the whole article and watch the film with Gina Gustavsson here. 

Last modified: 2023-09-27