Archive for September, 2017

Rights and Liberty: What is going on here? Google Ngram Viewer Chart shows “rights” increasing, its mirror image “liberty” decreasing

September 7, 2017

176-7, 185-6, 187n5

If you type in the words “rights” and the word “liberty” you find the word “rights” increasing while almost in mirror image fashion the word “liberty” falls. In effect this means – consulting my previous posting – that the incidence of the word “rights” does move favorably with “democracy” but the word “liberty” does not.

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Democracy and Liberty: Google Ngram Viewer shows Liberty falling and Democracy Rising

September 7, 2017

176-7, 185-6, 187n5

If you go to Google N Gram Viewer, typing in the two words “liberty” and “democracy” you will see the word “liberty” falling from 1800 to 2000 while the word “democracy” rises. My own view is this tells us something fundamental about rights versus majority rule.