‘Freedom Is About Authority’: Excerpts From Giuliani Speech on Crime – New York Times

From: ‘Freedom Is About Authority’: Excerpts From Giuliani Speech on Crime – New York Times:

We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don’t see is that freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do.

[ Interruption by someone in the audience. ]

You have free speech so I can be heard.

This is America’s Mayor’s idea about freedom.

I’m sorry Rudy, but Freedom is equal parts responsibility and right. It is to be defended, never surrendered. It is not to be ceded to lawful authority because they are authority. I can agree, or disagree, with authority-as is my right. It is my responsibility to demonstrate when authority, even lawful authority, is wrong.

Next up on Rudy’s agenda: Reeducation camps for liberals.

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4 thoughts on “‘Freedom Is About Authority’: Excerpts From Giuliani Speech on Crime – New York Times

  1. Hello. I am contacting political bloggers around the country since I am one as well. I hope this email is not an intrusion.

    Reeducation camps for liberals? Sounds good to me. We can lock them in a room, and force them to listen to conservatives until they crack.

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  2. I had never heard him called America’s Mayor until he started running. Just because he can make a little fun of himself on SNL doesn’t mean that he isn’t a huge, swollen cobag. Like so many others, he has no idea about America’s stated ideals. He does seem to have a good grip on our actual ideals, though.

  3. Funny, I just argued with a co-worker about this very statement. He didn’t tell me it was from Guiliani. Total freedom is anarchy, but freedome as we know it hinges upon the law to defend the rights of the many and punish those who impinge upon them. When the law itself turns against the many in favor of the few, forcing the people to cede utterly to it’s control, then you have fascism. Good points, all.

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