Posted Oct 8, 2006 2:46 UTC (Sun) by man_ls
In reply to: Cherry-picked
Parent article: Similar in spirit?
Maybe we could temporarily conclude that people over 35 choose security over freedom. And that people over 35 are the majority of people in occidental societies (so that "the general public" is mostly composed of people over 35). A tentative reason could be that people over 35 have more money than desire of freedom, at least those in your circle.
Certainly people in my circle prefer to crack their PSP's than pay 60 per game; and prefer to play DivX movies of random sizes than convert everything to MPEG4 320x240 -- or pay for Sony's absurd multimedia kit. Even people over 35. So yes, we must travel in different circles. If you don't live around the metropolitan area of Madrid, Spain, Europe, then we indeed travel in different circles. So your original statement:
Note that the great mass of people have repeatedly shown themselve to be eager to trade rights that they have no desire to exercise for increased security.
is void, at least in the great picture. Luckily, I would add. We might change it to read "most US people over 35", but it would lose some weight. We could also conclude that those "rights that they have no desire to exercise" change depending on your age and country of origin, with the same overall effect. Your statement doesn't add much to the discussion apart from giving weight to the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin
Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
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