Freedom is a social and historical achievement which is a result of the development of inter-recoginitional relationships between individuals. To be free is to be recognised as being free, and to recognise others as free. There is no natural capacity for free choice: free will is little more than a bourgeois illusion.
I'm a big fan of John Stuart Mill's principle of liberty: the freedom to do whatever you want as long as you don't harm another without consent.
(Original post by TheIronist)
I used to think that freedom was simply the absence of coercion but after reading some of the literature on it (which is intimidatingly extensive), I have become rather unsure about it.
General piece of advice: Do not read (especially philosophy). Remain ignorant and happy.
I'm from France, and to me, freedom is to be able to think in your own ways (which implies education for everyone) and to express your ideas when you feel they're relevant (which implies a lot of crap in public speech, but we already get by with this, don't we?).
I still haven't sorted out the problem of property and such, so I will leave it alone for now.
The condition of being free of restraints.
Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action; civil liberty: freedom of assembly.
Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition: freedom from want.
The capacity to exercise choice; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon.
Ease or facility of movement: loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom.
Frankness or boldness; lack of modesty or reserve: the new freedom in movies and novels.
The right of enjoying all of the privileges of membership or citizenship: the freedom of the city.
A right or the power to engage in certain actions without control or interference: