Control vs Freedom

Posted by Troy on 29th September 2013 in Human Nature

In “A Case for Democracy,” the author states that the downfall of Soviet Russia was that the United States played hardball with Russia and forced them to give more freedoms to their citizens.  He states that freedom only creates a demand for more freedom.

I have a different take.  Control demands more control.  This is either if you are talking about governments or self-control.  A government demands more and more control.  Likewise, people will want more self-control, which is a different concept from freedom.  I would say that freedom, true, anarchist type freedom, is a self-destructive thing.  However, self-control is not.  You want to do what you choose to do as long as it doesn’t infringe upon someone else’s self-control.  That is to say, you want to be in control of your own life.

I always consider myself pro-freedom, but you always get some jerk that twists that word around to some insane degree.  However, there can be no such quibbling about self-control  Under self-control, you get to call all the shots as it relates to your own life (and no one else’s).

The interesting thing is that democracy has made it more difficult for governments to take more and more control away from their citizens because they have to somehow convince their citizens that it is in their own self-interest to give up their freedom for their own safety.  The sad thing is that our government is succeeding at this.

The fact of the matter (and you can look at statistics for free and controlled countries), the level of personal vs government control has little barring on your safety.  What does have an impact is the morality of the society you are living in.  In a moral society, you can walk the streets at night, you can leave your doors unlocked, etc.  In an immoral society, you cannot do these things because the police cannot be everywhere at once.  That’s the sad truth in the matter.  More government control will never make you any safer but will only serve to make you more miserable.

Long Live the Constitution!

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