Perspectives on Freedom 2019

Since 2011, we have produced cartoons for the National 4 and 5 May Committee in the Netherlands every year. These cartoons are about freedom and are related to May 5th, Liberation Day.

Every year, the National 4 and 5 May Committee highlights a different theme related to freedom. In 2019, the Committee focuses on the importance of democracy, constitution and rule of law. These are essential ingredients that enable freedom.

Freedom comes with responsibilities; it is our responsibility to support, cherish and protect the freedom that democracy brings.

In the Netherlands, 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of universal suffrage, but this year's theme is not restricted solely to the right to vote. Democracy also means the daily freedom to do and say what you want, within the bounds of law. We can have an opinion about everyone and everything, and decide how we live our life.

However, our choices are not separate from the world in which we live. The freedom of one can hamper the freedom of another. This year's theme invites you to critically think about the freedom to choose. Do we take responsibility for our choices? In addition to legal limits, are there moral or ethical limits to the freedom of choice that we have? Are we able to look beyond our own freedom? Or are we so caught up with our own freedom that we don't consider how it affects others?