Frank Furedi argues that we should not take our liberty for granted. Though freedom is rarely criticised as such, it is frequently dismissed as something less important than safety, security, happiness or the right not to be offended. We should be celebrating freedom as the medium through which the human spirit can express itself and develop its capabilities. We need to unite everyone who refuses to trade in freedom for the illusion of security.

Frank Furedi is a sociologist and social commentator. He is emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent. He has published more than 25 books, including Democracy Under Siege: don’t let them lock it down!How Fear Works and Populism and the European Culture Wars. Frank frequently appears on radio and television, and has written for newspapers and magazines across the world. Visit his website,