During the nineteen hundred and nineties uncle Larry was a “Militia Sympathizer”. Not so much in the dressing up in fatigues/hating minorities and conspiracies of jew bankers sense… but in some of their more mainstream issues of American politics. Back in those times their was a quote I and many other folk of that libertarian stripe used to remember well.
“Those who would give up Liberty, to purchase a little Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Turns out now that quote was actually wrong. And that sage wisdom from Brother Franklin was far less sage then I thought.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
Here is the problem. The political culture is begining to say all manner of things are not “essential” liberty. Owning guns to some is not an essential liberty. Controling your property and not having governments seize it is being treated like it is not an essential liberty. If you try to qualify the liberty then your never going to get it right.
And the only lasting safety is the safety we generate ourselves
but thanks sphere of blog for showing me I was misquoting one of my favorite historical personages