Is national security more important than individual liberty?

  • Just cuz we need da security

    “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety” This was said by Ben Franklin in 1775. Unfortunately it’s 2018. In 1775 Ben Franklin and the other patriots fought against Britain rule. In 2018, there is no fight, no way to win, in the blink of an eye 3,000 people are dead without even being able to put up a fight. The idea that individual liberty is what american's strive for is simply out dated.

  • Yes, National security is more important than individual liberty.

    National security is more important than individual liberty because it affects a large amount of people. Your own personal security and liberty is very important to yourself only. As a whole, national security affects everyone and should be looked at as much more important then our own individual liberties in my opinion.

  • Without national security, there would be no country for anyone to have individual liberty.

    Don’t get me wrong, individual liberty is very important, but
    it can only be practiced within a country.
    In order to maintain a country and allow individuals to express their
    freedom, national security is necessary.
    Sometimes some degree of individual liberty must be sacrificed in order
    to maintain national security. There is
    no way around this.

  • Look to North Korea. Freedom keeps the government from becoming corrupt and keeps people from living under oppression and fear.

    Freedom allows people necessary rights. Individual freedoms most of the time do not infringe on national security, and neither should national security strip away our rights. North Korea claims that they have security, but that does not apply to people, only the government. To enforce "national security" there, they take those who speak ill of the government (and their families) to political prison camps and maintain power. The people don't have freedom, have no power whatsoever to change that. No freedom of speech. Nothing to keep the government from killing them. Though national security affects the whole nation, so does freedom. It gives everyone individual rights. Many of these rights were put in place to protect us and for there to never be a corrupt government where we have no say in the situation. In the end, there is no point in losing freedom for something can cannot be truly promised. I think the real question in this argument should be, "What is the proper balance of freedom and security?"

  • Look at America's origins!

    Of course National Security is important, but the colonies had security before they decided to break away from England and form a new county. Why? Why then did they leave a state of protection for one of uncertainty? The answer: liberty. They desired their individual rights so strongly they were willing to put not only everything they owned and everything they cared about at risk, but even their own lives. This is a pattern repeated over and over throughout history. Individual liberty doesn't just affect one person, it affects every individual in the country. As our wise founding father, Benjamin Franklin said, "They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

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