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July 16, 2009

Rephrasing Ben Franklin's old aphorism

Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as having said "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety". Here's a modern rephrasing, "The more you cede your own well-being to an 800-pound gorilla, the more that 800-pound gorilla is going to act like a thin-skinned asshole.".

Posted by Nicholas at July 16, 2009 10:59 AM

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