On Freedom

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpation.

-James Madison

I think what he’s trying to say is our freedom is being incrementally eroded, usually in the name of patriotism or safety/security, and almost always sold with the fear sell, the patriotic sell, or the "if you’re not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about" sell.

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