Conceptual ExamplesThe following are common types of freedom and right that are mentioned in the constitutions of nations.
Freedom of SpeechIntegrity of the PersonFreedom from BondageFreedom of MovementFreedom of ReligionFreedom of InformationFreedom of AssemblyFreedom of AssociationFreedom of OpportunityFreedom of ArtEconomic Freedom
Right to Human DignityRight to LibertyRight to SecurityRight to PrivacyRight to MarryProperty RightsRights of the ChildRights of the ElderlyPresumption of InnocenceRight of DefenseRights Against Self-incrimination
Concrete ExamplesThe following are concrete examples of freedoms and rights that are enjoyed in many nations.
The freedom to marry and found a family.
A right to register your marriage and have it recognized by the state.
The freedom to choose your own career.
A right to education.
The freedom to start a business.
Property rights that allow you to keep the fruits of your labor.
The freedom to say what you think.
A right to free speech.
Freedom to live aspects of your life unobserved.
The right to privacy.
Freedom from bondage and slavery.
Employee rights such as a minimum wage, right to quit and work for someone else without constraint and regulations regarding working conditions.
SimilaritiesFreedoms require rights such that these two concepts are difficult to separate. For example, property rights give an individual the freedom to build a private home or develop a small business.
DifferencesA freedom is the ability to direct your own life without unreasonable constraint or coercion. A right is something that you are owed by society. Freedoms prevent a society from making rules that unfairly constrain the individual. Rights are benefits that are provided by a society such as a right to an education whereby a government pays for K-12 education and possibly college and university.
|Freedom vs Right|
The absence of coercion or constraint.
An entitlement owed an individual by a society.