Ben Franklin’s Famous ‘Liberty, Safety’ Quote Lost Its Context In 21st Century

Benjamin Franklin quote: Those who would give up essential Liberty ...

Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” That quote often comes up in the context of new technology and concerns about government surveillance. Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor of Lawfare, tells NPR’s Robert Siegel that it wasn’t originally meant to mean what people think.

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Those who do not understand history will be doomed to repeat it. This is one of the most misunderstood quotes in our history.

David DeGerolamo

      
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