In The Case for Democracy, Nathan Sharansky defined a free society as one in which people have the right to express their views without fear. “Can a person walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm? If he can, then that person is living in a free society. If not, it’s a fear society.”
Sharansky argued that the West should support individual dissidents and movements striving for freedom and democracy and shun tyrannical dictatorships.