There is inherent conflict between the societal values of freedom and liberty on one hand and order and security on the other. The challenge is to strike a balance between the two. The U.S. Supreme Court uses the term “ordered liberty” to describe the need to accommodate both. This conflict is the heart of the debate between Stephen and Mill (refer to the textbook) over the proper relationship of law and morality. Those who favor individual liberty (such as Mill) disapprove of using law to enforce morality. Those who feel that morality is important for keeping societal order (Stephen) approve of using law to enforce morality.
Order and security are important values. Americans, however, also value freedom and liberty. Is it possible to maximize both of these goals at the same time? Describe why and how. If and when that is not possible, which goal should take priority? Finally, describe how your paper content relates to victimless crimes and should society legislate morality? Provide examples to illustrate your point of view.
Writing Requirements (APA Style)
- 5-7 full pages (approx. 300 words per page), not including title page or references page
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page with topic and name of student
- References page (minimum of 4 in-text citations from textbook or other academic sources)
Minimum of 2 academic or government resources with corresponding in-text citations (Dictionaries, Wikipedia, non-academic websites can be used but do not count towards the two in-text citations.)