A lot of people (especially CypherPunks), perhaps a little paranoid, worry too much about the vices. The type of person who jumps immediately to the most hard, petrified even, of HardSecurity whenever faced with a problem. The type of person who looks towards punishment and policing as the only recourse. Other people, though fewer it seems, laud the virtues of folks. They are willing, at even potential risk to themselves (or perhaps in spite of risk), to trust others. They AssumeGoodFaith naturally, and not just to limit their liability.
Perhaps this is another HighRoadLowRoad distinction? But what is the high road and what is the low road? Surely we should trust others, but lock your car doors, as is famously stated. Ultimately, we know people are neither entirely virtuous nor vicious. Also, there are BalancingForces at play here. One does not want to limit flexibility yet one does want to limit liability. Security costs freedom. Freedom costs risk. When making decisions based on ViceAndVirtue, choose how much you are willing to give up to control the other.
Perhaps the idea that characteristics can be neatly divided into either vice or virtue is a FalseDichotomy.
See also Dictionary:vice and Dictionary:virtue.
With this, I was hoping to basically explain the basic tension that is at play when we describe things like HardSecurity vs. SoftSecurity, etc. Is this good? -- SunirShah
It's too big a move to reduce this to trivial. While any particular philosopher may lean towards assuming vice or virtue generally (and virtue is the correct choice statistically; cf. PrincipleOfFirstTrust), when making decisions on security measures, the community leaders can do so based on whether they personally assume people are more likely to be good or bad. Moreover, this decision doesn't have to be over the general case, but only in the specific case of the behaviour they wish the regulate. For instance, I would not rely on social forces (for the most part) to protect the till of my cash register while I'm absent from the counter. -- SunirShah