Coates featured in Greensboro News & Record

david.coates.300x175An op-ed, “Freedom, to live, must be understood,” written by David Coates, Worrell Chair in Anglo-American Studies, generated so much response when it ran in the Greensboro News & Record in December that editorial writer Doug Clark followed up with a column of his own on Jan. 8 about Coates’ ideas and the discussion that followed.

Clark wrote:  “Coates, a professor of Anglo-American Studies at Wake Forest University, used the example of the Affordable Care Act to briefly examine the conflict between “negative” and “positive” freedoms. ‘We enjoy negative freedom when we are free from rules blocking our ability to act,’ Coates wrote. ‘We enjoy positive freedom when we possess enough resources to act as we wish.'”

Read Clark’s full editorial in the Greensboro News & Record. Coates regularly writes about U.S. politics on Huffington Post (see, and is the author of several books.