We all love our freedom and no one wants to be oppressed. You can be oppressed and subjugated by violence and force and threats but ultimately laws are passed which provide a framework of oppression and a legal methodology which is used to oppress, for with every oppression there is an equal and opposite reaction – the oppressor becmes free to do as he pleases.
However, we should always remember that if we make new laws for new circumstances the purpose is sometimes not to limit freedom but to increase freedom. The invention of the motor car meant that we required new laws to govern the new circumstances. We started with a warning of the car by a man walking infront of it with a rted flag, and then as cars gained in popularity the lack of laws to control them gave freedom to mtorists but at the expense of everyone else. Slowly and in the teeth of opposition, much opposition, we created laws to govern the safety of cars (Ralph Nader was opposed by those who cried freedom to his proposals) laws to govern their speed, laws to require seat belts so that the population at large would not have to pick up the medical and insurance bills for those who wanted to be free to drive without a seat belt, and so forth.
As things change so the change has two effects; one is for evil and one for good. We need to control the evil, because the good will take care of itself. the way to attempt to control evil is by laws. I do not like laws, I do not welcome new laws. I do not want my freedom to be restricted. I know that as circumstances change I get new freedom – with the invention of the motor car I gained freedom to travel which i had not had previously. But every freedom I enjoy must not limit the freedom of others and that is why I urge new laws to control new circumstances. I want above all to ensure that the freedom of one man is not met by an equal and opposite reaction which oppresses another man.