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a freedom which is interested only in denying freedom must be denied. and it is not true that the recognition of the freedom of others limits my own freedom: to be free is not to have the power to do anything you like; it is to be able to surpass the given toward an open future; the existence of others as a freedom defines my situation and is even the condition of my own freedom. i am oppressed if i am thrown into prison, but not if I am kept from throwing my neighbor into prison.

– simone de beauvoir, 1948, the ethics of ambiguity

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