Over at the Ashbrook Center’s website, David Tucker, of the Naval Postgraduate School and an Ashbrook fellow asks us to consider how much freedom we would sacrifice to be safe from terrorism.
Living in freedom means living with risk. It means accepting danger. The only way to do away with risk, is to do away with freedom. There is no terrorism in North Korea, as there was none in the Soviet Union. The more risk we are willing to live with, the freer we can be. This is true whether we are talking about economics or domestic security. That this truth applies to both these very different arenas of our national life shows how fundamental it is to the freedom we cherish.