WCEG — The Equitablog
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John Locke is considered to be the "father" of English liberalism. His view of freedom is freedom of action rather than legal status.
T]he Idea of Liberty, is the Idea of a Power in any Agent to do or forbear any Action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, whereby either of them is preferr’d to the other. (E1-4 II.xxi.8: 237) — Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy