In the wake of the recent NSA revelations, theres increased talk about the need to balance freedom against security. I even see people recycling Larry Nivens law that freedom + security = a constant.
Nonsense. What we want is not to be attacked or coercively interfered with by anyone, be they our own government, other nations governments, or private actors. Would you call that freedom? or would you call it security?
You cant trade off freedom against security because theyre exactly the same thing.