Liberty & Security
How should we think about the tradeoff between liberty and security? Prof. James Otteson of Yeshiva University argues that a basic amount of security is critical to protect our lives, liberty, and property. Beyond this minimal amount, there is a tradeoff between liberty and security. Some liberty must be given up if we want the government to protect us from risks such as disease, terrorism, and economic downturns. This requires giving up control of our lives to others, which reduces our liberty as well as our human dignity.