To the conservative, a man is free when he is left to reap the rewards of his successes, and also to be punished for his failures. To deprive a man of the former, or protect him from the later, would be to lock him in a moral void and ensure that he has no direction or strength of will. Such a man would never develop the fortitude, maturity, and insight needed to recognize and stand against adversity, and thus would always be a slave to his nanny protectors. To the liberal, freedom is the absence of reward/punishment structures that drive men down particular paths despite themselves. A man driven forward by sticks and carrots, as opposed to his own will, is only a puppet. Maturity and adaptability come from exploration, and a man always forced down one road will be a moral infant: too inflexible to handle a varied and changing world. Such a man is a slave to the status quo and the authorities who uphold it. Agree? Disagree?