Security or Freedom?

What do Americans really want?

American voters often go to the polls claiming that they are unhappy with the functioning of our government. Obama and Trump both had change as the central point of their campaigns.

But is that really how most Americans view our political situation? After all, adjusting to change can be difficult — it can feel threatening because we might fear the unknown. We might even be willing to surrender some of our freedom for the sake of a better sense of security and a sense of sameness and continuity. On the other hand, while change brings with it uncertainty, it also offers prospects for improvement, something that can’t happen if things stay the same.

Podcasters Bill Wood and Peter Goldsmith have a lively debate on the two sides of this issue — do we really want change or are we more comfortable with the status quo and the feeling of security it provides?

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