Trading Freedom For Security

People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both

-Ben Franklin

George Orwell also warned of this :

Trading Freedom for Security

Orwell’s 1984 cautioned against trading freedom for security, though examples from Little Brother and modern life show that this warning has not been heeded.

Trading Freedom for Security – The Lessons Humans Fail to Learn


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8 Responses to Trading Freedom For Security

  1. gator69 says:

    We trade freedoms for security every day. We lock doors and wear seat belts. What we must not give up are our God given rights.

    • philjourdan says:

      Protecting yourself is different from depending upon the government to care for your every need.

      • gator69 says:

        Agreed. But I limit access to my home, and mobility in my auto when I “protect myself”. This is the very definition of trading freedom for security. The difference is that you have not given up any God given rights by taking these precautions.

  2. Robertv says:


    Barcelona (FCB).- Barça Medical Services announced this Wednesday that Barça Manager, Tito Vilanova, has a suffered parotid ailment relapse. Vilanova will undergo surgery on Thursday.

    Life without politics already is difficult enough.

  3. rpercifield says:

    I was in Guadalajara MX in September, and was traveling through the “affluent suburbs”. Every home there had concertina wire and or an electric fence to protect the home day and night. I have multiple pictures showing this semi-passive security, and they are unreal. This is what happens when you can’t protect your own home.

  4. Another Ian says:


    Time for a re-read of Kiplings “Danegeld” IMO

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