What about Ben Franklin? (was Re: [PLUG-TALK] O.J. and guns)

Brian Beattie beattie at beattie-home.net
Mon Jul 5 19:06:05 PDT 2004


On Fri, 2004-07-02 at 22:47, Russell Senior wrote:
> >>>>> "glen" == glen e p ropella <gepr at tempusdictum.com> writes:
> 
> glen> Wasn't it Ben Franklin who said "Those who would trade freedom
> glen> for safety deserve neither"?  Of course, he spent too much time
> glen> smoking pot to ever be taken very seriously.
> 
> According to a quick google search, the quote is:
> 
>   <http://www.quotationspage.com/subjects/freedom/>
> 
>   ``They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
>     temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.''
> 
> On the other hand, just because he (or anyone else) said it and others
> repeat it doesn't make it true.

And you will notice his qualifier "essential".  Give the proper
definition of "essential" that quote can mean almost anything.

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