|There are two forms of freedom - freedom /to/, and freedom /from/. Freedom to do or say something gives me associations with the French Revolution, the ideas behind the forming of The United States, Human Rights, and people like Gandhi. Freedom from, on the other hand, gives me associations with George Orwell's books (especially 1984), Stalinist Regimes and the current Norwegian cabinet (which is not actually a Stalinist or Maoist form of communism, but more a strange form of babysitter-communism (where the people, including the parliament, are babies, and the cabinet is the nanny-knows-whats-best-for-you type of babysitter).
The British rebel/artist Tom Robinson once wrote a very nice song, "Power in the darkness" that illustrate the problem with "freedom from"
Freedom from the reds and the blacks and the criminals
Prostitutes, pansies and punks
Football hooligans, juvenile delinquents
Lesbians and left wing scum
Freedom from the niggers and the Pakis and the unions
Freedom from the Gipsies and the Jews
Freedom from leftwing layabouts and liberals
Freedom from the likes of you..."
Full lyrics here
Why do I ramble about this now? Well, I stumbled over an article about Apples' Steve Jobs, and his quest about "Freedom from Porn". Freedom /From/. There have been some negative talk about Apple and Jobs on Slashdot and other popular [geek-]websites recently. And Steve Jobs perspective toward Freedom explains a lot.
I don't want freedom from. I want freedom to!