Economic History and the Problem of Freedom

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The problem, which I have been asked to discuss, appears clear and simple. The problem of freedom consists in our ability to maintain the inheritance of freedom in a changing world. But say as much as 'changing world', and you are in for Alarums and Excursions from right and left - especially from the right and the left - the children of Light and the children of Darkness being equally unhelpful - and unclarifying, I am afraid - in effect, sometimes one would wish to be quite sure which was which.

I mean by freedom concrete institutions, civic liberties - freedoms (in the plural)

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Date: February 25, 1949
KPA: 35/10
Recent Publication: POLANYI 2014, e. 1395-1553