Säkerhet eller frihet?

På senare år har kontroll- och övervakningssamhället stärkts, inte minst sedan 9/11. Konflikten mellan säkerhet och frihet är ingalunda ny. I Federalist 8, stycke 4, skriver Alexander Hamilton år 1787:

Safety from external danger is the most powerful director of national conduct. Even the ardent love of liberty will, after a time, give way to its dictates. The violent destruction of life and property incident to war, the continual effort and alarm attendant on a state of continual danger, will compel nations the most attached to liberty to resort for repose and security to institutions which have a tendency to destroy their civil and political rights. To be more safe, they at length become willing to run the risk of being less free.

Så sant, även idag.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine