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Freedom Order or Equality Chapter One ISummary of Chapter First defining freedom order and equality this chapter focused on political ideology by introducing what the text called the original dilemma-conflict between freedom and order and the modern dilemma-conflict between freedom and equality By addressing issues dealing with order or equality in American society personal freedom is sacrificed In the original dilemma protection of people and property was the purpose of government - maintaining order The interesting point with the original dilemma is the fact that the definition of order changes with the times The example cited in the textbook is the bathing suits of today as compared to the turn of the previous century In the modern dilemma government deals with issues of social equality at the expense of personal freedom and vice versa It is noted that this dilemma is a fairly recent objective of government Examples illustrating governments use of power to promote equality were given All seemed to have one thing in common the controversy the actions created even in the face of strong resistance on both sides of the actions By defining these dilemmas and through the use of examples this chapter goes much deeper into political ideology defining many ideologies then focusing on liberals versus conservatives Most people are covered by these labels and their political ideology can seem to change depending on the purpose of a given government activity IIComments In honestly considering what I had read and how it applies to my own views I was pleasantly assured in academic terms of my own political ideology I found that the label I choose to place on myself conservative libertarian fits rather well with the positions I take on various issues and the candidates I cast my votes for Although it is a little difficult to reconcile some of my political views with my religious beliefs I guess we all have such challenges in life Discussion of this
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