Holiday in Vastmanland – Vastmanland Travel for Positive liberty is the desire and ability to adopt the interests of society as one’s own. If, in asserting one’s personal will, one contradicts these social interests as expressed by the general will of the people, one is by definition acting against one’s own better interests and against oneself. Hence one is also acting unfreely. Thus Rousseau famously states that in our political lives we may be forced to be free. When false beliefs cloud our vision, we realize our true liberty only by being forced to act in conformity with the general will. In many ways, Rousseau anticipates Marx, who also suggests that bourgeois (negative) liberty amounts to little more than the freedom to be selfish. Negative liberty for the wealthy and powerful means the freedom to amass wealth and power. Holiday in Vastmanland – Vastmanland Travel 2016.