Freedom Socially Anchored is a Formidable Thing

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Ooi Kee Beng. When a process of liberation has actually succeeded in emancipating a category of humans, subsequent generations should find it hard to imagine the conditions of that subjugation, or even the type of society that allowed it. But then, few liberating processes are ever complete, or are completed; and it is wise to remember that all freedoms live under constant threat. No moral war is ever won for good. Such is the lot of humans. The present struggle for gender equality, for the eradication of poverty and slavery, and for a sustainable environment, for example, will lead at best only ...


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