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Safety versus Liberty

  • <blockquote title="Benjamin Franklin" link="">Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.</blockquote>
    <blockquote title="Benjamin Franklin - Wikiquote" link="">This was first written by Franklin for the Pennsylvania Assembly in its Reply to the Governor (11 Nov. 1755).

    This quote was used as a motto on the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania (1759); the book was published by Franklin; its author was Richard Jackson, but Franklin did claim responsibility for some small excerpts that were used in it.

    An earlier variant by Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanack (1738): "Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power."

    Many paraphrased derivatives of this have often become attributed to Franklin:<ul>
    <li>They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.</li>
    <li>They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.</li>
    <li>Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.</li>
    <li>He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.</li>
    <li>He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.</li>
    <li>People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.</li>
    <li>If we restrict liberty to attain security we will lose them both.</li>
    <li>Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.</li>
    <li>He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither.</li>
    <li>Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither.</li>
    <li>Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.</li></ul></blockquote>

    @mjmsprt40, among others...

  • I'm guessing there's a reason you mentioned me here. Why is anybody's wild guess. Do you, by chance, think I support "security theater" that molests grandmas and little children while doing nothing to stop actual terrorists?

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