Saturday, July 05, 2008

Liberty vs social engineering

"Entrenching civil liberties matters, because it is always in the interests of authorities to make it easier for themselves to exercise their authority and to impose their will, so there is always a tendency towards limitation of freedom in the name of efficiency, security, the majority, or some greater good such as public health. As governments try social engineering schemes — at the outset always with the best intentions — so the mission creep of directing, controlling and improving by force, occurs: and with it the loss of the physical and psychological space around each individual that makes life worth living." —A. C. Grayling

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