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  •  Liberty is related to mobility, an instrinsic (1+ / 0-)
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    human characteristic. To be secured is to be tied down or locked up. So, in a very practical sense, liberty and security are antithetical.
    Liberties are not the same as rights. Civil rights, assigned by the Constitution, are related to citizen participation in governing. It was not until 1971 that all adult citizens were given lief to participate in governing by

    holding office
    serving on juries
    petitioning for laws
    providing support
    enforcing the laws

    Whether or not our agents of government respect those civil rights is another matter. Indeed, at present, some agents are being insubordinate and following strategies to thin the electorate as if they were dealing with cattle.

    Liberty is always likely to be challenged because some humans need to keep others in place to labor for them. Since they can no longer get away with keeping them in chains (as Ariel Castro tried), they have to resort to threats and/or bribes. Bribes, aka payment for work, work well, if there is enough money to pay out and if the workers are not lured away. Which means that those who need others to labor for them are always in an uncertain or insecure situation. This is what makes them over-react and try to rely on coercive assistance -- i.e. the lawman.
    The extent to which U.S. enterprise is dependent on the coercive powers of the state is quite astounding, when you come to think of it. In addition to patent right protections and copy right protection, there are all kinds of contractual obligations, territorial restrictions and access to the natural resource base which support commerce at the expense of the workers. Indeed, striking workers are still liable to being penalized by the lawmen. Court orders can force workers to work.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 02:24:18 PM PDT

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