Essays Tagged "Reason"

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Unsafe Security: A Sociologist Aptly Analyzes our Failures in Top-Down Protection

  • Bruce Schneier
  • Reason
  • January 2013

Against Security: How We Go Wrong at Airports, Subways, and Other Sites of Ambiguous Danger, by Harvey Molotch, Princeton University Press, 278 pages, $35.

Security is both a feeling and a reality, and the two are different things. People can feel secure when they’re actually not, and they can be secure even when they believe otherwise.

This discord explains much of what passes for our national discourse on security policy. Security measures often are nothing more than security theater, making people feel safer without actually increasing their protection…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.