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

Tom Koltai tomk at unwired.com.au
Tue Aug 17 20:03:01 AEST 2010

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> From: link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au 
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Robin Whittle
> Sent: Tuesday, 17 August 2010 4:18 PM
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> Cc: Craig Sanders
> Subject: Re: [LINK] ALP Net censorship policy hidden,but 
> alive and far-reaching
> The ALP site enables comments on some pages. I was able to 
> add a comment underneath the PM's speech/blog:
> http://alp.org.au/blogs/alp-blog/july-2010/together,-let-s-mov
> e-australia-forward/
> What I wrote was broken into nice paragraphs, but linebreaks 
> are filtered by the site.  There's apparently no moderation, 
> since the text went straight onto the site in a few seconds.
>  = = = = = =
> There are 39 policies listed at this site, but the most 
> significant and unpopular is not mentioned - Internet censorship.
> 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.

Actually..... *(according to:  http://www.kevincraig.us/tempsec.htm )

History of the Quote

This statement was used as a motto on the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania. (1759) which was attributed to Franklin in the edition of 1812, but in a letter of September 27, 1760 to David Hume, he states that he published this book and denies that he wrote it, other than a few remarks that were credited to the Pennsylvania Assembly, in which he served. The phrase itself was first used in a letter from that Assembly dated November 11, 1755 to the Governor of Pennsylvania. An article on the origins of this statement here includes a scan that indicates the original typography of the 1759 document, which uses an archaic form of "s": "Thoſe who would give up Essential Liberty to purchaſe a little Temporary Safety, deſerve neither Liberty nor Safety." Researchers now believe that a fellow diplomat by the name of Richard Jackson is the primary author of the book. With the information thus far available the issue of authorship of the statement is not yet definitely resolved, but the evidence indicates it was very likely Franklin, who in the Poor Richard's Almanack of 1738 is known to have written a similar proverb: "Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power."

Many paraphrased variants derived from this saying have arisen and have usually been incorrectly attributed to Franklin:

"They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither."
"He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security."
"He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither."
"People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both."
"If we restrict liberty to attain security we will lose them both."
"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."
"He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither."
"Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither." 

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