We all love money, because it enables us to do what we want to do, live how we want to live, and be who we want to be. Money enables us to feel free! Unfortunately, to most people, money poses a severe problem rather than giving them freedom. The need for money forces us to labor most of our lives, leaving us little space to enjoy our scarce free time. Running short of money limits our freedom even more severely.
The Economics Science
It should be clear that understanding the love for accumulating money, power and wealth is essential to understanding the level of freedom in our society. It is not by coincidence that the main editor of this website holds a master's degree and a teacher's license in the economic sciences. Of course economics is only one aspect to our freedom, but it is a very important one. It is through the science of economics that I learned to appreciate the value of freedom, triggering me to research the entire spectrum of freedom related issues in our world.
You don't have to be an expert
Obviously, my research into all freedom related issues couldn't be done without some research into several other important sciences like history, psychology, technology, filosophy, biology, and so on. Except for the economics science, I will never claim to be an expert in any of these other sciences. But one doesn't always have to be an expert to get a good understanding of things. With my economic understanding of the freedom related issues in this world, it became much easier to recognise and understand the freedom related issues in these other fields of research.
The first important step when searching for the truth about freedom in our world, is to start recognising the subjectivity of information. As we learned, the information we come accross may have been provided by someone with a view of the world that does not correspond with reality. Or the author may have left out pieces of information that seemed irrelevant to him, but may prove crucial to you to understand his message. The author may even have a personal motivation to intentionally withold some types of information, downplay certain details, and curbe them to his own benefit. Large parts of his information may still be valid, and extremely informative. But the complete picture is not.
Learning from disinformation
When an author appears to have strong personal motivations for not telling us the complete truth, we should still try to learn from him. the valid partsbe very wary of his information, and learn to recognise disinformation.
Recognising personal interests
Since the introduction of the world wide web, there has been an explosion of information about many freedom related issues. Unfortunately, as all information, it never describes the objective truth. It always involves a personal perspective of someone with his own world view. On top, most of the information found on the world wide web isn't free of personal, corporate, political or religious interests. Therefore, we will have to understand the personal motivations of the authors, so we can recognise when their attempt to be objective and give us truthfull information, interferes with their personal goals, objectives and interests.
For example, a politician claiming to defend freedom and the Constitution, can easily be recognised to have personal interests not to claim the opposite. Who would vote for him if he claimed the opposite? Yet he may have private reasons to do the opposite, like the desire to hide errors he made. He may even have a hidden agenda, for example when the interests of his political party interfere with the interests of his voters. Of course this does not automatically mean that every politician has the desire to limit our freedoms. But we should always be aware of hidden agendas and personal interests to form a rational expectation about the likelyhood of the messenger's sincerity and expertise, and thus about the likelyhood of finding truth in his message.
Recognising economic and political motivations
When we are watching a television commercial, we all recognise the motivation of the messenger. Corporations want your money, so they will make you all kinds of false promises to achieve this. People have become used to this kind of disinformation, and have learned to ignore it. This also applies to the beautiful promises politicians make before the elections. No single one of us would be surprised if none of these politicians would keep even one of their promises. And yet every four years or sooner, the majority of people seems happy to elect these politicians again and again. But if these politicians find it so easy to tell lies before election time, and still get elected, why would they start telling the truth after they get elected? Indeed, non-elected politicians often seem even more truthful than elected ones.