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- May 16, 2014
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Trading liberty for safety is never a good idea.
...and ultimately leads to losing both.
The alliteration "trading liberty for safety" sounds great as the battle-cry of the oppressed !!! But what does it actually mean?
What good is it to a properly functioning democracy to have absolute citizen liberty (meaning anyone can do whatever they want) at the total expense of community safety - or visa-versa ?
In a healthy democracy, it's simply NOT possible to separate ANY of the fundamental basic freedoms!! Or said in the context of the 2 x traits above, "liberty" is a fundamental component of "safety" and vice-a-versa.
The reality is that civil and human rights in a liberal democracy, (including liberty itself, secularism, rule of law, economic and political freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, physical/medical safety of citizens etc...) are all interconnected and every individual element must be measured and must be balanced against the whole.
Shirley you are both only arguing about degree and not about the concepts themselves ( as @JMR says above)?