July 22nd, 2005

userinfo senji
2005/07/22 15:35:00 - Think twice
Schneier on bag searches in NY subways.

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
— oft attributed to Benjamin Franklin

Entry Tags: news, quote, rant, tube bombings

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userinfo yrieithydd
2005/07/24 23:48:31
You wouldn't have liked this morning's Point of View (audio)* which basically said `though I'm a libertarian, in the current climate that's impossible so it's ok to limit movement etc'. I couldn't help feeling `the terrorists have won'

*Sorry can't see a transcript atm but last week's had one, because that was Theo's proof of being old™.
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userinfo king_of_wrong
2005/07/25 09:30:03
Well, the terrorists have certainly gained ground... but I think whoever was saying that was just a prat. Claiming to be libertarian is somewhat fashionable though almost nobody actually is a libertarian - what they generally mean is "I wouldn't want laws that might personally inconvenience me", which is so very nearly universal that it's hardly worth mentioning.

Me, I'm slightly on the libertarian side of the Authoritarian-Libertarian axis but with fairly large variance...
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userinfo senji
2005/07/25 09:32:12
Of course, it's prats like that who Benjamin Frankin (or whoever the original author was) was talking about in the first place.
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userinfo king_of_wrong
2005/07/25 10:11:30
Indeed. They only make up... um... about 99% of the population.

Also: I've seen it attributed to Thomas Jefferson before, but it's clearly something that any of the Founding Fathers would approve of, even if none of them actually said it.
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