Was Ben Franklin right?

"Any Society willing to give up a little bit of liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both"

To be, this can be related with the patriot act. any thoughts?

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Your statement I can't agree with... we all give up liberties everyday for security, without it we would have anarchy. Ben Franklin said...

    "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety....."

    This statement was used as a motto on the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania, and is WHOLLY correct!

    Your overall point I tend to agree with.... While I do think our government has the authority to "spy" on any non-citizen in or out of the country in our interests.... that is where it should stay though... NON-CITIZEN!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    In many ways it is true. But we must remember he couldn't even begin to imagine the world we live in today. There is no way that he could have ever fathomed our current world and political situation. There is a fine line between security and giving up liberty. It is one that must be carefully weighted and balanced. Unfortunately with these issues hindsight is always better than trying to anticipate where we must draw the line. It's easier to say after the fact, oh we didn't go far enough or that we went to far. We must do the best we can at the time and learn from any mistakes as best we can.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Sean is right. The quote used as it is here is taken out of context.

    Here is a link that cites the origin of the quote and the real quote. The quote used in this question is not correct.


    I've spoken with Mr Minsky and if you follow the links on the webpage I think you will agree that the gentleman knows what he is talking about.

  • 1 decade ago

    Franklin was a genius, he called money right on the mark, all Americans should be screaming about the patroit act rather than saying if youre doing nothing wrong you have nothing to fear, and when they take away the rights of one, yours is also in jeaopardy

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  • sean e
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Please reprint the Ben Franklin statement in its entity (a paragraph on both sides of the sentence should do it.) as to give the full context of the statement. This done we'll be able to decide weather or not Ben's statement is truly favorable to opponents of the patriot act or not.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


  • 1 decade ago

    Very, very true...and very right. This is one of my all-time favorite quotes.

  • 1 decade ago

    sad but very true.

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