• Yup.

    If you're in prison, you're safer but have a lot less freedom. Anyone want to voluntarily incarcerate themselves?

  • Read the book "The Giver"

    To dear people who had chose the right column,
    Please read the book 'The Giver.'
    Would you like to live in a place like that? By the way, security isn't guaranteed. Everyday the government says "We'll make sure that our citizens will be safe .. Blah blah blah..."
    However, are we indeed safe? The answer is "NO!"

  • Freedom > Security

    When the govt starts regulating every aspect of our lives then we should know that there's something wrong. Absolute power corrupts, so we shouldn't let them watch us make every move.
    I think at first it was tolerable but since the news of the PRISM project things are getting way out of line.
    If we aren't even free to write what we want without the risk of being prosecuted then where is our right of freedom of speech. The govt exists to serve its people, not to rule over them.
    Besides we wouldn't need all that security if the govt. Stopped fcking up the other countries.
    When doing a some research everyone can point out that the federal reserve is to blame for most of the western problems, their actions have only been for self enrichment and they do not care about anyone else, they just want the govt to start more wars so they can loan them more money which the American people can repay with their tax money.

  • Danger is exaggerated to encourage submission

    Believe it or or we are being tricked into giving up our freedom. We are safer now than we have ever been but our preception is of a dangerous world; manufactured by those who would like to relieve us of our rights. Don't fall for it! It is all a ruse.

  • Freedom is better I think

    In this way, you are free to protect yourself in what way seems best to you and I think that's one of the best things about our country. On the other hand, what doesn't adapt to change will eventually die, so perhaps it doesn't make much sense to never change when it goes against logic. However, it seems to me, that at this time, freedom is still more important. Only a greater threat to all the citizens lives would make this seem acceptable to me. What good is freedom is you aren't around to enjoy it? These actions do not seem justified with such little threat to so few at this point in time.

  • Ben Franklin had it about right

    How "safe" were the brave men who died fighting for our freedoms against Hitler? By giving up our freedoms for the sake of security we dishonour their memories, and do not deserve the gift they gave us. Give up our freedoms, and sooner or later those in control will do anything in the name of "safety", and eventually that will be lost too.

  • I choose freedom, thank you!

    With freedom, we can take care of ourselves. Without freedom there is no security, only the illusion that others will protect us better than we can protect ourselves. If ever a line is drawn dividing the country into free and secure zones, have no doubt which side of the line I will stand on. I will stand with the freedom-loving people of this land!

  • Security infringements taboo

    Security infringements means losing our freedom, once we lose our freedoms what do we need security from.....
    We then need security from those that took away our freedoms, but wait, now we have NO WAY of getting the freedoms back as we have NO RIGHTS to fight with.

    Remember the mafia offering protection of your establishment from hoodlum's for a price, then you realized you needed protection from those offering the security as they were the real thief's.

  • Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

    Many of these "precautions" the US Government has been enforcing on us have gone too far. Especially when it involves the TSA. Flying in the US has become more hassle than it's worth. If full bod pat downs weren't enough, now we have full body scanners than put every nook and cranny of the body on display. Your body is your property and this is just out of hand. Also we put way too much money into the military. When we should be focusing on education we waste money on our military and try to police the world.

  • Exceptionality of Freedom

    Danger is a constant, we will never live in a world in which some someone or something isn't out to get the proverbial "us". Freedom, however, is something that was and continues to be fought for; it is an exceptional and unique gift that must be preserved at all costs.

  • Freedom can only be maintained in an ordered society

    If we didn’t have set rules and regulations we would basically become an anarchist society. This would be a mess. No rulers to enforce laws and complete freedom equals absolute chaos. For example, if you are driving a car and there’s no rules just fun what could happen? The amount of accidents and deaths would be at an all time high. Insurance companies are therefore forced to raise their rates. Young people who shouldn’t even be sitting shotgun would be putting their lives and innocent people on the road at risk. Not to mention the drunk drivers. There are reasons why rules are set in place. They’re in direct correlation to citizens mistakes. That’s why intoxicated people receive a ticket to discourage their dangerous behavior.

  • Balance is key.

    Too much power to the individual and the collective will suffer. Too much power to the collective and the individual will suffer. People don't always make the best choices and often fail to do so. Too much freedom to the individual will result us being owned by corporations. Too much power to the collective will result in us being owned by the government.

  • These people on the Right have no idea what their talking about.

    If you think having all your freedoms you could ever want with limited security would be amazing, you should just stop talking and log off this site. Your gonna wake up with all your freedoms until some other country comes and takes you over. Now you have no freedom's and at the moment your enslaved or dead.

  • Safety is needed more than freeddom

    Without safety there is no freedom. Freedom comes when people know they are safe. If they feel unsafe, they will not feel free. Would you go out into the world not knowing that atanytime you could be attacked or killed? Safety could detect these things and help us to defeat the fear we have as humans in this contemporary society!

  • Little Point in Freedom If You Are Dead

    I often here this brought up, but the problem is that security is basically designed to ensure that one can practice basic freedoms. If we have no security, then people can harm us when we practice our freedoms. A certain amount of security is necessary for freedom. As such, I consider security marginally more important than freedom, /especially/ since when this argument is brought up, it usually involves a small amount of freedom and a great deal of security. Obviously one must analyze the trade-off closely.

  • How about the kite man on the $100 bill? How about the $2 Independence Man?

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    ― Benjamin Franklin
    “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
    ― Thomas Jefferson

  • Without security, everyone would be dead.

    If you get rid of security, there would be no laws around security. No laws means that people could go around the streets killing any one they wanted to and harming people. It would be anarchy. 100% freedom would still be limited because you can never be truly 'free'. There will always be obstacles in the way to stop complete freedom. Ergo, ben is gay

  • Give me Liberty.

    A small amount of safety is not worth any amount of a loss of liberty. Remember German history from the 1930's. If you don't remember, read. The liberties and freedoms of the German people were taken small bits at a time in a way that they could agree with having more safety, until, they had neither.

  • Balance is what we need.

    Like someone before me said , too much power given to the individual, the society will suffer, too, much power to the society, the individual will suffer. Freedom can eventually lead to oppression. Too much freedom would lead to anarchy, too much security would lead to Oppression. Balance is what we need.

    Posted by: Jud
  • The Definition of Security

    It's as simple as, security creates freedom. People today believe that the government is infringing on many freedoms of our country, when really we are a really free country compared to say North Korea.

    1. The state of being FREE from danger or threat.

    2. The safety of a state or organization against criminal activity such as terrorism, theft, or espionage: "national security".

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