The spirit and soul of humanity.
Independence seems more applicable as an on-going process when it comes to individuals. Once nations gain independence, it becomes a status, more or less permanent to the nation. And liberty is more or less a public guarantee that a nation provides to its people.
Freedom then is closely associated to that sense of liberty but belongs to the individual. Freedom is the basis of individual independence. In practicality what government does affects the liberty that citizens of democracies feel is owed them. Government activity then is in constant reaction to the liberty we are owed.
Government can provide liberty to its people by certain actions and take away by its actions. The impact on liberty is hardly ever evenly felt and therefore affects our feelings of fairness and unfairness.
It is usually the feelings of unfairness, when strong enough that need then to be resolved or at least dealt with usually through the courts or by passage of new legislation or by the modification or repeal of existing laws.
In the United States the whole idea of liberty and the fairness of policies and legislation to carry out policy becomes the responsibility of political parties.
Members of parties judge all governmental actions on the basis of their individual perspective of liberty and fairness as expressed collectively through pronouncements of their parties. Therefore, our liberty experienced on a daily basis becomes one based on the government action and perspective of fairness.
L’ liberte’ is therefore closely related to our collective perspective and notions of fairness and “is not without its duty, constraint requirements and obligations.”