First Principles: True Liberty Cannot Exist Without Restraint On the Violent

“Liberty is not to be enjoyed, indeed it cannot exist, without the habits of just subordination; it consists, not so much in removing all restraint from the orderly, as in imposing it on the violent.” — Fisher Ames (1801)

The United States of America is built on many principles.  One of these is an ordered liberty.  What is meant by this is to maximize both security and freedom simultaneously.  To govern properly is to allow the miscreants to be caught without infringing on the rights and freedom of the people.  The Constitution deliberately pits the two goals against one another in order to obtain a just compromise between these ideals.  The goal is a reasonableness that we can all live within.



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