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Freedom or Safety. Take Your Pick.

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Erin Dutton

on 17 April 2015

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Transcript of Freedom or Safety. Take Your Pick.

Balance
Cliff Conclusion
Agree:
People want safety
Voting - There are far less ballots regarding freedom than there are for safety.
Disagree:
People want freedom
Gun control
Prompt
American essayist and social critic H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) wrote
"The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe."
In a well-written essay, examine
the extent
to which Mecken's observation
applies to contemporary society
, supporting your position with appropriate evidence.
Freedom vs. Safety
Cliff
In knowledge of the dangerous cliff, the town votes on a strong restriction of the area along with a trespasser's fine for anyone who is caught on or around the cliff. While this limit's people's freedom of going to the cliff, it is in regards of safety.
Cliff
Cliff
Concession:
When people prefer safety
What is Safety?
What is Freedom?
1. In terms of the
people


2. In terms of the
government
1. Individualism
2. Right to make
CHOICES
Since freedom is more important to people than safety, the dangerous cliff is left available to the public. There is no restriction made on the cliff, as to allow people total freedom to choose how to act on and around the cliff.
Erin Dutton
Kelsey Lien
Allonna Walker

Concession:
When people prefer freedom
It is possible that the average man
thinks
he wants safety over freedom because that is what we were
taught
to believe.
Say there is a cliff, slightly outside of a tiny town. This cliff is known to be very dangerous and a couple people have even died from accidentally falling off of it.
Examples:
"On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill






"These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or
reasoning
with him, or
persuading
him, or
entreating
him, but
not for compelling
him, or
visiting
him with any evil in case he do otherwise.... Over himself, over his own body and mind,
the individual is sovereign
."
Learning Growth
Decision
Sometimes Safety Sometimes Freedom
SAFETY
Experience
Choices
Mistakes
Good Outcome
Newfound knowledge
OR...
FREEDOM
1. Things that are
detrimental to others

2. Are regulations/laws
wearing seat-belts
Drinking and driving

3. Are NOT forced
1. Everything else

2. If it does not hurt anyone
but you, why not?
Population Control

3. Intuition/self-protection
Freedom
Safety
and
1. Force people to stay away
2. Freedom to do whatever near or on the cliff
3. Warn people, but allow freedom of choice
Rebellious teenagers
China's internet restrictions
Bad decisions can be learning experiences
Political Issues- many still look at freedom rights over personal and public safety
47%
53%
Prohibition- what happens when you take away people's freedom?
It's a close call!
Protection from terrorism
Speaker: H.L. Mencken, social critic
Occasion: The modern belief that man wants freedom
Audience: The "average man"
Purpose: To correct a widely accepted misconception about the common man
Subject: Freedom vs. Safety
On Liberty (John Stewart Mill)-
Argued that the government should only regulate for the sake of safety
SOAPS
The common man isn't AGAINST safety; he just wants the freedom to be able to choose to be safe or not.
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