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I think one of the central theses of the book is that when a new freedom is gained some measure of security is lost and there can be a backlash as society attempts to restore the lost security, unsuccessfully because liberties, once gained, are hard to lose.

I don't recall putting is as bluntly as "people want to be enslaved", but if you had to summarise the argument in 5 words I guess that would work.

A book about people who want to be enslaved is Bob Altemeyer's The Authoritarians which is available online as a PDF and has been discussed before on ET.

Oye, vatos, dees English sink todos mi ships, chinga sus madres, so escuche: el fleet es ahora refloated, OK? — The War Nerd

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 7th, 2007 at 06:24:37 PM EST
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Altemeyer is a must read. It's short and he has a nicely irreverent style. (You can do it in a few hours - maybe a day if you're reading at work. :) )

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by Number 6 on Mon Sep 10th, 2007 at 09:13:01 AM EST
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