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Thomas Jefferson one of the greatest theoreticians of liberal democracy of all time understood the dilemma well He clearly saw what finally became obvious to me when I moved away from America and all its rhetoric about freedom and liberty and experienced first hand a culture that at one and the same time had both freedom and tyrany Jefferson clearly understood that you can have a nice neat tidy orderly society or you can have a free society But it is very difficult to have a society that is both orderly and free In a letter to James Madison he wrote A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both and deserves neither Jefferson had clearly made his choice It is the only choice a lover of freedom and liberty can make But what choice is made by the theoreticians of the new conservatism Law and order cry the conservative theorists Indeed we have a serious problem with law and order in the United States with the widespread use of narcotics cocaine and its derivatives methamphetamines and designer drugs and Cannabis sativa and its extracts The cost to American society is enormous Just fighting the drug war costs us tens of billions of dollars each year The crime that addicts commit costs conservatively more than a hundred billion Each year the toll gets worse each year the enforcement measures become more and more stringent The fastest growing industry in America is prison construction Already we incarcerate a larger percentage of our population than any other nation in the world one person in thirty Yet has that made us feel more secure Yet with each passing year we surrender more of our freedom of movement our right to be secure in our possessions and more and more of our personal privacy Has this led us to a more secure society A lower crime
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