The Ideology Smackdown: Security vs Freedom

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What’s it all about?

Ever since the second plane hit the World Trade Centre on 2001, the question of how to balance security against freedom has become horribly real for governments and citizens everywhere. Those for freedom argue that surrendering our liberty for safety leads to risk government abuse and the death of our way of life, but those for security ask whether any of that matters against the risk of violent death at the hands of terrorist extremists.

As unpredictable low-tech attacks emerge as the new favoured tactic of terrorists, the question arises again; how much freedom should we sacrifice for safety? The answer is up to you!

What will we cover?

Using ethical frameworks participants of both sides will explore both their own positions and those of their opponents.

Learn how that opposition is possible, and work together to determine what the truth of the matter is.

Safety at all costs, or better to die on your feet? Come stake your claim in the Ideological Smackdown!

Who will be teaching?

Gordon Young is a professional ethicist and environmental consultant. He is a lecturer in Professional Ethics at RMIT, Principle at Ethilogical Consulting and writer at, where he explores a new topic each week.