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Freedom, refers, in a very general sense, to the state of being free (unrestricted, unconfined or unfettered). The French philosopher Rousseau asserted that the condition of freedom was inherent to humanity, an inevitable facet of the possession of a soul and sapience, with the implication that all social interactions subsequent to birth imply a loss of freedom, voluntary or involuntary: "All men are born free, and yet everywhere lie in chains."

The following are specific examples of its usage:

For the shorter term, being free also means having holidays, weekend, finished work for the day, having a break.

It is also the name of a British newspaper, an album by Neil Young, two otherwise unrelated songs by Richie Havens and Rage Against the Machine, and small towns in New York, New Hampshire and Wyoming.

Political philosopher Gerald MacCallum designed the following concept of freedom, allowing for its 'fleshing out' into many different conceptions: "X is free/not free from Y to do/not do/become/not become Z"

The Eagles: "Freedom? Oh, freedom, that's just some people talking, you're in chains while you walk through this life on your own."

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