“Individuals in private life, while held under the power of masters, cannot be denominated free however equitably and kindly they may be treated” 1) “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 2) The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom and therefore comes before any other freedoms, including the right to make any democratic choices.
“The way things are supposed to work is that we’re supposed to know virtually everything about what they [the government] do: that’s why they’re called public servants. They’re supposed to know virtually nothing about what we do: that’s why we’re called private individuals.” 3)
1) Price, R., Political Writings, ed. Thomas, D. O., (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), 77.
2) Benjamin Franklin, Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin
3) Glenn Greenwald