"Freedom is fragile and must be protected.
To sacrifice, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it."
Germaine Greer
(1939- ) Australian feminist
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 -- Jessica Randle, Melbourne      
 -- justin knight, balclutha      
 -- Anonymous      
Shouldn't it be "To sacrifice 'it'"? Though maybe, as an Australian, this how Queen's English would have it? Or maybe, as an idiot American, I don't know what I'm talking about. Note: Although an idiot, I always vote, and I've NEVER voted for a Bush. I agree with the ideas expressed in this quote, as I agree with Benjamin Franklin's sentiments when he wrote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” in 1755. Unfortunately, my representatives in Congress forgot this when they passed the so-called Patriot Act.
 -- Goop, Gloucester     
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    'Sacrifice' has become a mantra of the authoritarians whether religious or secular.  It's the word used to excuse every power grab that enriches the ruling elite at the expense of the common people.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Ronw13, OR      
    Addressing the second sentence. I believe so – ABSOLUTLEY !; to act in a tyrannous, despotic or other anti-natural law manner, betrays “freedom”. Freedom looses its substance and understanding when something other the freedom is called free. By way of example: the occupying statist theocracy infesting this land calls its canons, dogmas, practices and patrons free.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Wow... how can you thumb down on that?
     -- Felipe, São Paulo     
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