[LINK] ALP Net censorship policy hidden, but alive and far-reaching

Robin Whittle rw at firstpr.com.au
Tue Aug 17 19:53:50 AEST 2010

Hi Karl,

You wrote:

>> Benjamin Franklin's 1755 statement: "Those who would give up
>> essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve
>> neither Liberty nor Safety." is inscribed on the Statue of Liberty.
> Really? Where on the Statue is it inscribed?

I wrote this as a fact, but I haven't actually seen it.  Here are my


This links to a page at the Jefferson Foundation:


which states that a slightly different version is on the Statue of
Liberty.  For brevity on the ALP page, now also:


I didn't mention the slight difference in version.  The spurious.html
page includes:

   The original quote is as follows: "Those who would give up
   essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety,
   deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Franklin first said
   this in the Pennsylvania Assembly's November 11, 1755
   reply to the Governor, and it appears in The Papers of
   Benjamin Franklin v. 6, p. 242 (ed. Labaree).  . . .  This
   quote also appears on the Statue of Liberty.



which is part of a National Parks Service Historical Handbook series,
which began in 1949:


The inscriptions are listed:

     Inscribed on jade green carraralike glass plaques are
     excerpts from works of great American statesmen:

        Our defense is in the spirit which prized liberty as
        the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere.
        Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds
        of despotism at your own doors.


        Liberty is the air America breathes . . . In the
        future days, which we seek to make secure, we look
        forward to a world founded upon four essential freedoms
        . . . freedom of speech and expression . . . freedom of
        worship . . . freedom from want . . . freedom from fear .


       I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than
       to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.


       They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
       safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.


       For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if
       freedom fail?


       The freedom and happiness of man . . . are the sole
       objects of all legitimate government.


       Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all
       the inhabitants thereof.

          LEVITICUS, XXV, 10.

          Inscribed on the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall,
          Philadelphia, Pa. The original source of the quotations
          is Laviticus, third book of the Old Testament.

According to http://www.bartleby.com/73/1056.html the Benjamin
Franklin quote is "inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the
pedestal of the Statue of Liberty".

I haven't been able to find a picture of the quotation, or any
evidence it is still there.  There's a lot of recent photos here:


Could they have been removed?  It is hard to imagine they would be.
Anyway, I am citing an authoritative source, and I reckon the
quotations were there.

  - Robin

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