On democracy and communication: the dilemma of freedom and the challenge of equality
De Wet, Johann C.
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This article aims to explore, through a conceptual analysis and rational argumentation, some theoretical implications of the principles of freedom and equality for a democratic state. With conceptual analysis an investigation is conducted into the use of certain concepts in a given, or in all kinds of, contexts. It is an operation on concepts, contrary to operation with concepts which occurs with the spontaneous application of concepts. Conceptual analysis comes into play particularly when confusion exists or can arise about concepts. The concept of democracy is discussed followed by its relation to the principles of freedom and equality respectively. The basic communicological ideas governing the principles of freedom and equality are offered. It is also briefly argued in conclusion that vexing questions that relate to freedom and equality tend to be overlooked in public debates in South African communities about issues that range from press or media freedom to the plight or silence of the have-nots, or to the pervasiveness of violent crime in the land.