The Tension Between Liberty And Security Essay

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The tension between liberty and security arises, not from the primitive state of humanity as individuals, but rather, from participation of individuals in an established government. In the primitive state, liberty is unrestricted and the security of each individual is dependent upon his ability to protect himself. Hobbes discusses the tendency of man to perpetually seek power for the sake of security and addresses the fact that the primitive state of humanity establishes nothing other than chaos. In contrast, government provides order through its regulation of the effect of one man’s liberty over the security of another. The ability of a government to protect requires a collective submission of liberty from its citizens. An individual cedes his primitive right to pursue his desire unbridled, with the assumption that his fellow man does the same, so that no pursuit has the capability to hinder another. This eliminates individual warfare which accompanies the primitive state of man, and instead prioritizes the commonwealth over that of the individual. Hammond uses this argument while advocating slavery, insisting that human welfare relies on man’s willingness to subject himself to apparent injustice for the sake of his fellow citizens. Through this argument, liberty should not be distributed equally among men. Calhoun argues similarly, contending that economic, political, and social security are superior to individual liberty. Hobbes, Hammond, and Calhoun each make a…

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