Member Rara Avis
Jim, I completely agree (and might suggest the "why" and "how" of that would be another thread), but all that really does is take us back to the same resolution so many discussion in Philosophy do - if everyone would just act the way they should (dare I say, "Respect and tolerance?") then Socialism, Communism, Capitalism, and Freedom would be irrelevant concepts. We could just live together - happy, safe, and with few real concerns.
Unfortunately, we all know that's not the case. So we have to make choices. And, judging by your last post, in at least some instances you're willing to come down off the fence and make a choice for security over freedom. I think many, probably even most, would agree with you. And, in good conscience, I can't disagree either. But I would hope everyone realized it was a choice and, like all choices, carried a cost with it. Unlike many other choices, though, the cost of this kind rises each time we make it. At some point there will be no more freedoms left to give away. Will we then be perfectly secure? Or will security then be in danger, not from the populous, but from those we've given so much control over our lives?