"Conservative liberties are really just the freedom to mind your own business, provided you don't break the law. And in a conservative society, the law does not concern itself with thoughts or opinions or speech (unless it is incitement or deliberate provocation to violence) . It only restricts and punishes actions. The things known as 'rights' are restrictions on the state - jury trial, the presumption of innocence, the right to bear arms, the right to a fair and speedy trial, in which you can confront the witnesses against you (I'll be coming back to that).
"Under this code, you can expect that people who rob, kill , cheat rape or destroy will be deterred by stern laws, and caught and punished if deterrence fails. Also that people who break the law will get no advantage out of it.
From Peter Hitchens' recent piece for the Mail on Sunday, titled 'Why weak justice means the end of freedom'. (Read full article HERE).