do not usually lose their freedom at a blow. They give it up bit by
bit, letting themselves be tied down with an infinity of little knots.
As rules and regulations increase, their range of actions is gradually
compressed and all options slowly lessen.
noticing the change, they become wards of state. They imagine
themselves still free, but in a thousand
and one ways, their choices
are limited and guided by the authorities.
And always, there are what seem to be sensible reasons for letting
their autonomy be peeled away -
"health", "social justice", "equal opportunity." *
is easy to become accustomed to docility. That is why eternal vigilance
is the price of liberty. Not because liberty is easy to shatter.
Because it can be softened and dismantled with the acquiescence of the
very men and women from whom it is being stolen.
columnist, Boston Post
You may add to this list the latest versions: 'terrorism' and 'homeland
security', 'flu-pandemics', 'illegal aliens, and 'security
all kinds etc...
There is another word for all of these . . . Hobgoblins
"I would rather be
exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those
attending too small a degree of it"
- Thomas Jefferson