Set up your Free Think University account to access free courses, unlock scholarships, and experience other community benefits.

×

Forgot your password? Click here.

Not a member? Click here.

Need help logging in? Click here.


×

Enter your email address below and we'll send you an email to reset your password.

×

We could not find your email address in our system. Please contact support@freethinku.com for additional help.

×

Your password has been sent to your email address on file.

×

Please contact the River Foundation for more information on your scholarship requirements.

×

Are We Experiencing a
Free People's Suicide?

The Paradox of Freedom

Perhaps the single most dangerous threat to freedom is freedom itself. Whenever men are truly free, they tend to become permissive, and then licentious, and finally corrupt, which often is what causes those same men to take freedom away from others. In the central part of his presentation, Guinness shows the Golden Triangle of Freedom that is at the heart of this paradox: Freedom requires virtue; Virtue requires faith of some sort; Faith requires freedom. Each component of the triangle is dependent upon the other in order to survive. These tenants, which are necessary for the perpetuation of freedom, are being confronted by “modern menaces” to freedom. Guinness describes three contemporary threats to freedom, including the alienation of leaders from central American ideals, the breakdown of the transmission of American values, and the corruption of customs.