Professor James Otteson: An Academic's Take on the TSA Tradeoff Between Liberty & Security

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by N965VJ, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    From Professor James Otteson, professor of philosophy and economics at Yeshiva University in New York. We don't always choose safety over liberty in other aspects of our lives such as automobile accidents or drowning in swimming pools, so why should we allow the TSA to make this choice for us?

  2. jtodd

    jtodd Original Member

    Pretty much on the money there.
  3. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Of course many of us here at TUG have made this argument countless times. Doesn't make a dent to those who defend the TSA. Reason doesn't matter. Logic doesn't matter. Empirical evidence doesn't matter. They wanna be scared. And so they will be.
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  4. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    At least some of those defending the TSA don't want to be scared. They want to be allowed to continue their perversions and thievery - because they're TSA employees.

    Additionally, the professor is arguing a false dichotomy. The TSA is not about a trade between liberty and security - it's about a trade between liberty and the illusion of security.
  5. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Well, this is certainly true. But even if it were about liberty and actual security, I would still come down on the side of liberty. And I say this as a temperamentally cautious person. But there's caution, and then there's idiocy.
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  6. lkkinetic

    lkkinetic Original Member

    I'm glad you posted this; Jim is a very good philosopher, a friend of mine, and one of the cadre of libertarian academics doing our part to fight this slide toward the police state. Some may see our arguments (whether philosopical in his case or economic in mine) as arcane, but we're working to provide and disseminate widely the intellectual underpinnings of TUG positions. The Learn Liberty video series is great for getting that message out, among others. So please distribute it widely!

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