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mkoren eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Public order is necessary in order for our society to safely function. Without public order, people would do whatever they wanted to do without regard for the impact on others. Our entire society is based on a concept of doing things based on the public good. If people only think of themselves and their agendas, chaos will result.

Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other cities around the world demonstrate how important it is to have public order. Without public order, people will be killed, personal property will be destroyed, and people will feel less safe. When terrorists use vehicles to kill innocent people, when protests turn violent, and when social norms are not followed, our society becomes a much more dangerous place.

In Charlottesville, one person was killed when a vehicle was used to ram into a group protesting messages being spoken by hate groups. In Barcelona, many innocent people were killed when a vehicle was used to run down innocent people on city streets. In Milwaukee in 2016, there was massive destruction of property when a protest got out of control.

Public order is necessary to keep our society functioning smoothly.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Public order is necessary because without it we would not be able to live our lives and enjoy the rights that we deserve to have.

Political philosophers like John Locke pioneered the idea of the social contract.  They said that people have rights that they deserve simply because of the fact that they are human.  They said that people get together and form societies so that these rights will be protected.  This, to them, is the only reason to have societies and governments.

If we do not have public order, our rights are not protected as well as they should be.  Without public order, we have much more crime than we do now.  When there is unjudicated crime, we are no longer able to feel that our life and our property are protected.  We do not feel as if we have as much liberty because we do not feel safe and comfortable when we are out in public.

For these reasons, public order is very important.  It is necessary in order to allow us the rights that we deserve to enjoy.