1. History
  2. By Alyssa Mize
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Are there any restrictions to this right? Liberty is secured by limiting the power of government to prevent it from abusing the people’s rights. But if the government has too little power, so that law and order break down, then liberties may be lost. There are certain circumstances in which public authorities can detain you This applies, for example, if: you have been found guilty of a crime and sent to prison there is reasonable suspicion that you have committed a crime you have a mental health condition which makes it necessary to detain you you are capable of spreading infectious disease Questions At what point should the power of government be limited in order to protect individuals’ rights to liberty against the threat of tyranny? At what point should expressions of individual liberty be limited by law in order to maintain public order and stability? Do you think 'reasonable suspicion' is a good enough reason to detain someone? Do you think the government should be able to involuntarily detain someone with mental health issues? If the law guarantees the ability to detain someone if they can spread infectious disease, why didn't we start detaining Covid positive citizens?

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