The Three Dimensions of Freedom
Musician and activist Billy Bragg diagnoses the crisis of accountability in Western democracies in Faber Social’s new series of political pamphlets.
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At a time when opinion trumps facts and truth is treated as nothing more than another perspective, free speech has become a battleground. While authoritarians and algorithms threaten democracy, we argue over who has the right to speak.
To protect ourselves from encroaching tyranny, we must look beyond this one-dimensional notion of what it means to be free and, by reconnecting liberty to equality and accountability, restore the individual agency engendered by the three dimensions of freedom.
The singer turned author has a flair for pamphleteering [ ... ] Our sole defence, Bragg urges, in prose that has a quiet musicality, is to embrace freedom in all three of its “dimensions”: liberty, equality and accountability.
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