"Never could an increase of comfort or security
be a sufficient good to be bought at the price of liberty."
Hilaire Belloc
(1870-1953) French-born British writer
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A self evident truth lost on today's socialist.
 -- Mike, Norwalk
Amen, and Amen!
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN
Tell that to the American people, but first pull their heads out of the sand. I am fascinated by the fact that right-wing conservatives (neo-cons) and religious fundamentalists have this aged old tactic of accusing the other side of exactly what they themselves are responsible for. I suppose the socialists are responsible for the worst crisis in America since 1945. As I said yesterday and repeat today you tout free trade yet allow the government and Fed to step in when things get messy. America is the Nation that protects the rich and kicks the poor, we allow profits to be privatized and losses to be socialized -- well done hypocrites. I hope you are now satisfied. Fortunately for you, the liberals will have to come in and clean up the mess.
 -- RobertSRQ
The liberals tout 'security' as govt entitlements, conservatives tout 'security' as military build up at home and abroad. The libertarians tout security as Freedom itself. The fact is, there is an inherent risk in life -- we spend a lot of energy trying to stay alive despite the fact that we all end up dead eventually. Liberals and Conservatives alike do seem to lay upon the government the responsibility for keeping us alive forever. But real freedom-fighters know that death is a milder fate than tyranny.
 -- E Archer, NYC
Archer, thank you very very much, said extremely well.
 -- Mike, Norwalk
I like that Robert about profits privatized and losses socialized, good point! Secuirity and freedom from want, elements, storm and tribulation has always been had at the expense of individual liberty. Life inside the city walls has historically been more comfortable and less "free" than life outside the city walls. This is not a left/right or socialist/libertarian issue but a fact of life and civilization.
 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas
Real freedom fighters preserve life at all costs - tyranny is not part of their vocabulary. We are responsible for the act by doing nothing - we are as guilty as they are.
 -- RobertSRQ
Freedom is a big word and one should define what they are referring too. Life in a planned community is different than life on your own ranch. Of course one is free to adopt the planned community life or not but once you opt for the comfort and security of one and socialize with the community you give up the freedom of action of the other. Mr. Belloc's quote is to short to fully understand his meaning.
 -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas
Whether or not you believe you "give up" your freedom is largely based on what philosophy you adhere to: Hobbes or Locke. Personally, I adhere to Locke. Waffler's right in that freedom is a big word, and words should always be defined as to what they are referring to-- especially to the time and place in which they were spoken. Archer, well said.
 -- Logan, Memphis, TN
Didn't Ben Franklin say, "He who would surrender freedom for security deserves neither"!
 -- calvin, Lewisville
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