In the United States, there has always existed a tension between liberty of the individual and the welfare of society as a whole. The two interests are not necessarily mutually exclusive, except when people move to the extremes of each. No individual who wishes to live in a society is entitled to total freedom, and no society has the right to deny basic human and civil freedoms to its people. The tension between the individual and society is good, healthy, and necessary. It is fluid. The challenge is always to find that middle ground with which we can all be comfortable and productive.


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