The “strong delusion” of modern times is that Liberty is somehow the enemy of Security, that you can somehow trade one in for more of the other, that individual freedoms somehow negatively correlate to public safety.
But this antiquated notion has already been richly blown out of the water, by political scientists far more credentialed than I, as being almost as anachronistic as those who cling to the idea that the Vatican (or even the Jesuits) are somehow at the top of the élitist food chain. They’re up there, don’t get me wrong, but to say they’re at the top, you’re simply living in the 1700s, before the Rothschilds’ star began to rise.
And similarly, you have to go back about 100 years to find a time when “law and order” (i.e. government) wasn’t the top non-natural cause of human death, as it has been since at least the hatching of the Bolshevik Plot (i.e. the “Russian Revolution”).
To wit, UH political scientist R.J. Rummel’s research suggests that six times as many people have died from democide (murder by government) during the 20th century than in all that century’s wars combined! democide having just dethroned war as the leading cause of non-natural death, which had been war in all foregoing centuries.