Saturday, December 14, 2019

Stability Versus Liberty

It is naive to conceive a political theory that is not based on human nature. The primary political requirement of human beings is not liberty—it is stability. Hobbes understood that people want their government to protect their life, property, and way of life. The passion for liberty is the hallmark of the type of intellectuals who are idealistic and have a utopian view of the world. Most people are convinced that the responsibility for maintaining the stability of the political, social, and economic system belongs to the government. In case there is a conflict between liberty and stability, people might tolerate a loss of their liberty but they will never tolerate instability.

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