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Freedom vs. Security
Transcript of Freedom vs. Security
By Devin Conroy and Emerald Smith
What is Freedom?
TSA (Transportation Security Administration)
Personal Freedom and Privacy
-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
- "Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
-Desire for security is born from fear
-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.”
- 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