PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW: Explaining Franklin’s Quote on Liberty and Safety


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

— Benjamin Franklin, comments as a member of the delegation to the Crown

Most of us probably believe that this quote means something along the lines of:

If you give up your rights for a promise you will be kept safe, you don’t deserve rights or safety and you will loose both.

Some people claim that Franklin actually meant something close to the opposite of this, but it doesn’t matter.  No matter what Franklin originally intended, it is still true.  We know this because it is a Principle of Natural Law.

Our rights are God-given.  As such, we do not truly own them, we are just a steward of the Creator’s gift.  Furthermore, our rights are inherent and inalienable.  This means they are an inseparable part of ourselves.  You cannot give…

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