Can government provide both security and liberty?

The most recent poll question, which I let run for a while longer than I normally do, asked if people believe government can provide both security and liberty. And while I’d like to remind you that the poll is completely unscientific, the results were a little surprising.

Most people answering the question seemed to believe that government was not capable of striking a balance between security and liberty. Whether that’s because they believed that the two were mutually exclusive, or that they believed the government could provide neither, was not in the poll. If you voted in the poll, feel free to comment on why you voted the way you did.

I, of course, voted No, because security and liberty are not mutually exclusive; indeed, one needs liberty in order to ensure one’s security. The government cannot effectively give anyone either. It can only provide the false sense of security, the false sense of liberty, or in the case of the U.S. and many other countries, both.

In the meantime, a new poll is up. Enjoy! And please, no tampering with my memory cards.

35% Yes
61% No
4% I don’t know

One thought on “Can government provide both security and liberty?

  • March 31, 2006 at 6:59 pm

    well, i didn’t vote because i didn’t realize there was a poll there — that’ll teach me to ignore the sidebars.

    but, had i voted, it would be resounding ‘NO’. the government can either take away liberties and provide people with a sense of security, or leave us alone with all our liberties, but do nothing for security. the problem is, there is no real security. no matter how safe you think you are, something can always happen. you can’t live life afraid of what MIGHT happen. and frankly, i’d rather be able to do whatever i want (as long as it doesn’t harm another person) than live in a police state, or behind walls.

    i visited the soviet union in 1990 for my senior trip. it changed my life. i met kids my age and realized how good i had it. they couldn’t go to the next town without showing the guards they were allowed to travel. it was insane.

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