Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ben Franklin was way ahead of his time

Found the following quote by Benjamin Franklin on this blog (which, by the way is an excellent blogpost for those of you who read Swedish):

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety."

It's a classic, and never has this been more true than it is today, with obtrusive, oppressive "anti-terrorist" and "anti-piracy" laws stripping us of basic human rights and civil liberties all in the interest of "protecting the public" (as if any of us have asked for it...) and that greedy entertainment industry. "Hey, if you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to worry about", right?

Poor old Ben would twist and turn in his grave if he knew how humanity had degenerated in the 200 years or so after his death.

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