Political freedom

Political freedom is a central concept in history and political thought and one of the most important features of democratic societies. Political freedom was described as freedom from oppression or coercion, the absence of disabling conditions for an individual and the fulfillment of enabling conditions, or the absence of life conditions of compulsion, e.g. economic compulsion, in a society. Although political freedom is interpreted negatively as the freedom from unreasonable external constraints on action, it can refer to the positive exercise of rights and possibilities for action and the exercise of social or group rights; the concept can include freedom from internal constraints on political action or speech. The concept of political freedom is connected with the concepts of civil liberties and human rights, which in democratic societies are afforded legal protection from the state. Various groups along the political spectrum differ on what they believe constitutes true political freedom.

Left-wing political philosophy couples the notion of freedom with that of positive liberty, or the enabling of a group or individual to determine their own life or realize their own potential. In this sense, freedom may include freedom from poverty, treatable disease and oppression as well as freedom from force and coercion, from whomever they may issue. Classical liberal Friedrich Hayek criticized this as a misconception of freedom: he use of "liberty" to describe the physical "ability to do what I want", the power to satisfy our wishes, or the extent of the choice of alternatives open to us has been deliberately fostered as part of the socialist argument he notion of collective power over circumstances has been substituted for that of individual liberty. Social anarchists see positive liberty as complementary concepts of freedom; such a view of rights may require utilitarian trade-offs, such as sacrificing the right to the product of one's labor or freedom of association for less racial discrimination or more subsidies for housing.

Social anarchists describe the negative liberty-centric view endorsed by capitalism as "selfish freedom". Anarcho-capitalists see negative rights as a consistent system. Ayn Rand described it as "a moral principle defining and sanctioning a man’s freedom of action in a social context". To such libertarians, positive liberty is contradictory since so-called rights must be traded off against each other, debasing legitimate rights which by definition trump other moral considerations. Any alleged right which calls for an end result produced by people is in effect a purported right to enslave others; some notable philosophers, such as Alasdair MacIntyre, have theorized freedom in terms of our social interdependence with other people. In his book Capitalism and Freedom, American economist Milton Friedman argues that there are two types of freedom, namely political freedom and economic freedom. Friedman asserted; this idea was contested by Robin Hahnel in his article "Why the Market Subverts Democracy".

Hahnel points out a set of issues with Friedman's understanding of economic freedom, i.e. that there will in fact be infringements on the freedom of others whenever anyone exercises their own economic freedom and that such infringements can only be avoided if there is a defined property rights system—which Friedman fails to provide or specify directly. According to political philosopher Nikolas Kompridis, the pursuit of freedom in the modern era can be broadly divided into two motivating ideals, namely freedom as autonomy or independence and freedom as the ability to cooperatively initiate a new beginning. Political freedom has been theorized in its opposition to and a condition of power relations, or the power of action upon actions, by Michel Foucault, it has been identified with certain kinds of artistic and cultural practice by Cornelius Castoriadis, Antonio Gramsci, Herbert Marcuse, Jacques Rancière and Theodor Adorno. Environmentalists argue that political freedoms should include some constraint on use of ecosystems.

They maintain there is no such thing, for instance, as freedom to pollute or freedom to deforest given that such activities create negative externalities, which violates other groups' liberty to not be exposed to pollution. The popularity of SUVs, golf and urban sprawl has been used as evidence that some ideas of freedom and ecological conservation can clash; this leads at times to serious confrontations and clashes of values reflected in advertising campaigns, e.g. that of PETA regarding fur. John Dalberg-Acton stated: "The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities". Gerald C. MacCallum Jr. spoke of a compromise between positive and negative freedoms, saying that an agent must have full autonomy over themselves. It is triadic in relation to each other because it is about three things, namely the agent, the constraints they need to be free from and the goal they are aspiring to. Hannah Arendt traces freedom's conceptual origins to ancient Greek politics.

According to her study, the concept of freedom was inseparable from political action. Politics could only be practiced by those who had freed themselves from the necessities of life so that they could participate in the realm of political affairs. According to Arendt, the concept of freedom became associated with the Christian notion of freedom of the will, or inner freedom, around the 5th century CE and since freedom as a form of political action has been

The Aura (film)

The Aura is a 2005 Argentine neo-noir psychological thriller film directed and written by Fabián Bielinsky and starring Ricardo Darín. The plot revolves around taxidermist Esteban Espinosa, an epileptic who fantasizes about committing the perfect crime. While hunting in Patagonia, Espinosa accidentally kills Dietrich, a guide from the area, discovers he is in fact a criminal; this unexpectedly connects him with the chance of executing a real crime: assaulting an armored truck carrying the profits of a casino in the area. Espinosa projects into his fantasies, assembling a puzzle piece by piece enclosing himself in it; the Aura received positive reviews from critics upon its release for its screenplay and ambience. It won the Silver Condor for Best Film and was the Argentine entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. In neo-noir fashion El Aura narrates in the first person the hallucinating voyage of Espinoza, a quiet, cynical taxidermist, who suffers epilepsy attacks, is obsessed with committing the perfect crime.

He claims that the cops are too stupid to find out about it when it's well executed, that the robbers are too stupid to execute it the right way. On his first hunting trip, in the calm of the Patagonian forest, with one squeeze of the trigger his dreams are made real. Espinoza has accidentally killed a man who turns out to be a real criminal and he inherits his scheme: the heist of an armored truck carrying casino profits. Moved by morbid curiosity, by an inexorable flow of events, the taxidermist sees himself thrown into his fantasies, piece by piece completing a puzzle irremediably encircling him, and he does it while struggling with his greatest weakness: epilepsy. Before each seizure he is visited by the "aura": a paradoxical moment of confusion and enlightenment where the past and future seem to blend. Ricardo Darín as Esteban Espinosa, the taxidermist Dolores Fonzi as Diana Dietrich Pablo Cedrón as Sosa Nahuel Pérez Biscayart as Julio Jorge D'Elía as Urien Alejandro Awada as Sontag Rafael Castejón as Vega Manuel Rodal as Carlos Dietrich Walter Reyno as Montero The film opened wide in Argentina on September 15, 2005.

In the month it was presented at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival on September 30, 2005. The picture was screened at various film festivals, including: the Sundance Film Festival, United States. El Aura garnered positive reviews from film critics. On review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an overall 89% "Certified Fresh" approval rating based on 45 reviews, with a rating average of 7.5 out of 10. The site's consensus is: "The Aura is a original and cerebral thriller that maintains its suspense from start to finish." At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 0–100 reviews from film critics, the film has a rating score of 78 based on 19 reviews, classified as a favorably reviewed film. Critic A. O. Scott, who writes for The New York Times, liked the way director Fabián Bielinsky used the neo-noir style, writing, "Mr. Bielinsky made use of a familiar film noir vocabulary, but not for the usual young-filmmaker-in-a-hurry purpose of showing off his facility with genre tricks.

Rather, his movies restore some of the clammy, anxious atmosphere that made the old noirs so powerful to begin with." He mentions the early death of director Bielinsky. He said, "For his part, Mr. Bielinsky, in what would sadly be his last film, demonstrates a mastery of the form, downright scary."Film critic Jonathan Holland, film critic for Variety magazine, liked the film and wrote, "An engrossing existential thriller from Fabien Bielinsky... Leisurely paced, studied and rural, The Aura is a quieter and better-looking piece that handles its multiple manipulations with the maturity the earlier pic sometimes lacked... Featuring a career-best perf from Ricardo Darin, pic is a must-see in territories that warmed to Queens, while its superior production values could generate bigger returns from international arthouse auds who enjoy their thrillers with a touch of distinction."Film critic David Wiegand thought that director Bielinsky tackled a bit too much in this film and wrote, "Bielinsky's latest film, The Aura, is in some ways more ambitious, which may be one of the reasons it doesn't work as well as it should...the careful camera work, beautifully dark cinematography and the nuanced performance by Darín keep our attention, but in the end, the film's bigger challenge isn't its length, or its deliberate pace: It's that it's overly freighted with symbolism and meaning."

Wins Cartagena Film Festival, Colombia: Best Director, Fabián Bielinsky. Clarin Awards: Clarin Award, Best Cinematography, Checco Varese. Havana Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize, Best Film, Fabián Bielinsky. Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor. Nominations San Sebastián International Film Festival: Golden Seashell, Fabián Bielinsky. Argentine Film Critics Association Awards: Silver Condor, Best Art Direction, Mercedes Alfonsín. Official website The Aura

Angela Berners-Wilson

Angela Veronica Isabel Berners-Wilson is a Church of England priest and chaplain. She is considered to be the first woman to be ordained as a priest in the Church of England, she is a chaplain at the University of Bath. Berners-Wilson was born in 1954, she studied divinity at the University of St Andrews, graduating with a Master of Theology degree in 1976. Although its name suggests otherwise, the MTheol from St Andrews is an undergraduate degree. In 1977, she entered Cranmer Hall, Durham, an Anglican theological college in the Open Evangelical tradition, to train for ministry. Berners-Wilson was made a deaconess in 1979. From 1979 to 1982, she was deaconess of Southgate in the Diocese of London. From 1982 to 1984, she served as deaconess at St Marylebone Parish Church in the diocese of London. Began more than a decade as a university chaplain: at Thames Polytechnic from 1984 to 1991, at the University of Bristol from 1991 to 1995. Berners-Wilson was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1987.

She was ordained a priest on 12 March 1994. Due to her surname being alphabetically first in the list of the first 32 women ordained to the priesthood, she is considered the first woman to be ordained a priest in the C of E; the officiating bishop speculated that it would be 10 years before the first woman was appointed as a bishop. Berners-Wilson was appointed chaplain to the University of Bath in May 2004. In February 2009 she was appointed a prebendary of Wells Cathedral. Sponsored by the Diocese of Bath and Wells, the University of Bath and the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, she had a month's sabbatical in China in June 2008, her father was the rector of the rural parish of Frant in East Sussex. She married solicitor Andrew Sillett on 19 May 1984. Angela Berners-Wilson. "A Woman at the Table - A Personal Reflection on Ten Years of Women as Priests". Ministry Today. Profile on the University of Bath website In Historic Service, Church of England Ordains 32 Women to the Priesthood BBC news article