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The Implications of Forfeiting Our Freedoms Today

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We are witnessing in America today the consequences from a weakened appreciation of the purposes and importance of this constitutional order under the emotional shock of a terrible and evil act on September 11, 2001. Our fear and anger is clouding our reason, a reason that should guide us to first think whether the individual costs in lost freedom and personal privacy will have seemed worth it when our minds will have calmed and we look back on the actions of the government today from the perspective of a few years from now. If we do not try now to think about the implications of forfeiting our freedoms today, when we do look back at these events in the future we may only then realize we have lost something very precious that may be very difficult to regain.

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    Richard M. Ebeling is a professor of economics at Northwood University. He was formerly president of The Foundation for Economic Education (2003–2008), was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College (1988–2003) in Hillsdale, Michigan, and served as vice president of academic affairs for The Future of Freedom Foundation (1989–2003).