Radicals, for instance syndicalists, socialists and anarchists, may be considered marginal in the history of America but in the earlier times those people that strived to control and regulate big business, ameliorate poverty in the urban areas and reduce social strata conflicts had to seriously borrow ideas from the radicals. For radicals, freedom is all about being able to exhaustively develop an individual’s capabilities as a human being and being able to practice one’s belief without coharsement to alienate to a certain school of thought which one feels they don’t belong. Such freedom can therefore be realized through nurturing a community on the basis of corporation, acknowledgement of one’s ideas and freely accepted active participation (Kramer, 2015).
For radicals, freedom is when somebody can speak their mind out freely, produce and publish their views, belong to any religious belief and affiliation of choice and freely exercise the right to assembly. Radicals believe that some people are discriminated and not allowed some rights and privileges simply because they belong to a certain race, ethnicity or gender. However, radicals are much against any form of discrimination and advocate that anyone regardless of their ethnicity, race, culture, religion, political affiliation, or gender has the right to work anywhere and competitively take any office with liberty and freedom (Edwards, 2013).
According to the radicals, labor unions and freedom at work place including employee strikes is a right and employees should be free to form unions and call for strikes should they feel that their rights are infringed. Juvenile control should be limited with children being allowed the freedom to choose the kind of life they want to lead but with flexibility and innovation providing advice, care, protection and support to them. In a nut shell, radicals advocate for the freedom of minorities and restoration of the marginalized and oppressed. Radicals belong to the saying that, “Social Liberalism exists to redistribute wealth and power to the poor and the powerless in-order to ensure freedom for everyone” (Kramer, 2015).
Jacob Kramer, (2015), The New Freedom and the Radicals: Woodrow Wilson, Progressive Views of Radicalism, and the Origins of Repressive Tolerance, Temple University Press.
Dr. Lawrence Edwards, (2013), Awakening Kundalini: The Path to Radical Freedom, Sounds True.