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Freedom vs. Security


Emma Smith

on 14 April 2014

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Transcript of Freedom vs. Security

Freedom vs. Security
By Devin Conroy and Emerald Smith
What is Freedom?
TSA (Transportation Security Administration)
The Internet
Political Balances
Personal Freedom and Privacy
Gun Rights
-"Absolute freedom"
-Free will
-People control their own actions and decisions, allowing them to make decisions that benefit themselves
-Basis of American Dream
-Freedom of speech/ expression
-Financial freedom (having the means to do what you want)
- “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” -Benjamin Franklin
-"Absolute Security"
- "Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
Benjamin Franklin
-Desire for security is born from fear
-Financial Security
-Security of personal materials/ information (privacy/secrecy)
The state of being
from danger or threat
- represents the ultimate freedom because you can do/say whatever you want
-it is a quick and easy means to for mass communication (Arab Spring)
-however, it is very hard to regulate
- the internet is infinite, so how can there be any security/ law enforcement?
-there is a risk of cyber-attacks because governments and companies rely on the use of technology (compromises privacy)
-shift in power (average people/ employees have a lot more power now
-Government action: China has banned use of many sites (e.g. facebook)
-Restricts freedom of speech in social media
-Not all-together bad
-Not everyone should be allowed to force others to hear their opinions
-However, it should not be abused to censor anything that disagrees with opinions of the censorer
-Self-evident human rights: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
-Right to be private about one's personal affairs
-Political view that government should have very little involvement in the workings of society
-Allows people to do as they please as long as they do not break any basic moral responsibilities against others
-Almost everything would be run by the people
-Police and Justice system would be privatized
-Political view of almost complete government control of both economic and social policy
-People would be forced to run their lives as the government sees fit
-People are less likely to perform actions that are against or offend others
- Born from fear of Anarchism (Statism's polar opposite)
-"You see, freedom has a way of destroying things.”
Scott Westerfeld
- Ultimate Security-Centric Government: Communism
- Collective Security
-Emphasizes the importance of enhancing and protecting the freedom and equality of the individual
-Government should control economic policy, but not social policy
-Government's sole job is to ensure the the people's basic needs are met: food, shelter, and physical safety --> enables people to live freely
-Accept police and law enforcement as necessary to protect their liberty, but also as a potentially opressive force that could rob their liberty
-Examples of Liberalist States: USA (the Constitution)
-Government should have moderate control over both economic and social policy
-Has the most balance between freedom and security in both economic policy and social policy
-Physical Safety (at home and in public spaces)
-National Security keeps the population and government safe from external and internal attacks
-Internal Security policies will restrict a population's freedom to keep them safe
-Creates freedom to keep one's self secure
-However, guns that can be used to keep one safe can also be used to propogate violence
-Can end up decreasing the amount of security
-Only real solution is for either everybody to have a gun or nobody
What is Security?
-Was formed after 9/11 to increase the security of air travel
-Ended up being one of the most hated government organizations because of the breaking of personal rights
-However, it allows for the freedom of fast travel
-Government should control social policy an restrict how people decide how to live, but should not control economic policy, allowing for pure capitalism
-Keeps social norms and combats radical changes, meaning that older people and politicians have more control
-Young people and politicians are unable to create new ideas or rights
Which one is more important to you?
Freedom vs. Security
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