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Freedom vs Right: The Difference Explained

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Freedom is the absence of coercion or constraint such that an individual can direct their own life. A right is an entitlement that a society owes an individual.

Conceptual Examples

The following are common types of freedom and right that are mentioned in the constitutions of nations.
Freedom
Right
Freedom of Speech
Integrity of the Person
Freedom from Bondage
Freedom of Movement
Freedom of Religion
Freedom of Information
Freedom of Assembly
Freedom of Association
Freedom of Opportunity
Freedom of Art
Economic Freedom
Right to Human Dignity
Right to Liberty
Right to Security
Right to Privacy
Right to Marry
Property Rights
Rights of the Child
Rights of the Elderly
Presumption of Innocence
Right of Defense
Rights Against Self-incrimination

Concrete Examples

The following are concrete examples of freedoms and rights that are enjoyed in many nations.
Freedom
Right
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.

Similarities

Freedoms 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.

Differences

A 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
Freedom
Right
Definition
The absence of coercion or constraint.
An entitlement owed an individual by a society.

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