Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bill Maher criticizes use of famous Ben Franklin quote

On his last New Rule for Friday's Real Time, Bill Maher says that that a famous quote by Ben Franklin is obsolete. The quote from Franklin was this:

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Bill Maher seems to think that Franklin was an absolutist on civil liberties. I can't agree. Franklin was no anarchist, he like the other founding fathers believed in some government and that there would be some small sacrifice in liberty for security. Nothing that I've read about Franklin seemed to indicate that he didn't believe in laws. Note that Franklin talks about essential liberty. Anyway here's Bill's video courtesy of Mediaite and HBO.

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