Freedom is about authority

GiulianiA speech by frontrunner Giuliani, as reported in the New York Times. (See the article for context.)

We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.

[ Interruption by someone in the audience. ]

You have free speech so I can be heard.

[ Another interruption. ]

At the core the struggle is philosophical. There are many, many things that can be done in law enforcement to protect us better. There are many things that can done to create a government that is more responsive and more helpful.

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One Comment

  1. ahoving
    Posted 5/8/2007 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    This is the guy who located his Crisis Command Center at Ground Zero. It was demolished and he had to flee the area. And he sells himself as a “protector”? You can also judge a man by how he treats his wife. Remember Donna Hanover? Pathetic.

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