••can ye pass the acid test?••

ye who enter here be afraid, but do what ye must -- to defeat your fear ye must defy it.

& defeat it ye must, for only then can we begin to realize liberty & justice for all.

time bomb tick tock? nervous tic talk? war on war?

or just a blog crying in the wilderness, trying to make sense of it all, terror-fried by hate radio and FOX, the number of whose name is 666??? (coincidence?)

Monday, April 08, 2013

ben franklin's well-armed lamb?


Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

Widely attributed to Franklin on the Internet, sometimes without the second sentence. It is not found in any of his known writings, and the word "lunch" is not known to have appeared anywhere in English literature until the 1820s, decades after his death. The phrasing itself has a very modern tone and the second sentence especially might not even be as old as the internet. Some of these observations are made in response to a query at Google Answers.

The earliest known similar statements are:

A democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
~Gary Strand, Usenet group sci.environment, 23 April 1990.

Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.
~Marvin Simkin, "Individual Rights", Los Angeles Times, 12 January 1992

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
~James Bovard, Lost Rights: The Destruction of American Liberty (1994), ISBN 0312123337, p.333
Also cited as by Bovard in the Sacramento Bee (1994)

1 comment:

  1. easy to refute. wolves in real life are not majority. but sheep do get eaten -- sometimes by wolves, more often by their supposed protectors: shepherds n sheep dogs.