Comes in many guises.
It is hard to imagine how important a freedom is if one is brought up to expect it. In Hope Against Hope, one of the best books written about life under totalitarianism, Nadezhda Mandelstam, the widow of the Russian poet Osip, who died in Stalin\’s purges, describes a conversation with fellow dissidents in the Soviet Union in the 1930s. For some reason, the talk turned to train travel, and she asserted that, in Britain (which she had never visited), people were free to buy a ticket for any destination they chose and travel without official permission. Her friends laughed this to scorn. How could this be possible, they asked. How could the authorities dare surrender so much power to the citizenry?
I wonder how many would prefer that we not have said freedom. I know very well that there are those who argue that we should not be so free to travel by air. And there are certainly those who would impose capital and currency controls so that if we do we would not be able to take our own money with us.
For, sadly, there are those who think that (and to be honest, these people are on both the right and the left) the Nation, or the State, are the correct building blocks, the entities that require consideration. As opposed to us few others, the liberals in the proper sense of that word, who insist that it is the individual that is paramount, the Nation being just a convenient phrase for a collection of such, the State merely those we hire to do the scut work.