Quotation: Infringement of Human Freedom (Pitt the Younger)

Just came across an apt quotation for our times by William Pitt (the younger) from a speech in the House of Commons (November 18, 1783):

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

Pitt made this statement at a time when Britain had been at war for many years (they had only just signed the Treaty of Paris with US in September 1783). Interesting to think that the UK and US were enemies once.

Author: Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data & Insights Officer for UNSW Sydney, and is also an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She is certified in information security and is currently undertaking postgraduate studies terrorism and security. Kate has extensive experience in senior roles in ICT, marketing, data and digital; and is a member of the NSW Government’s Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Kate is currently working at the intersection of data analytics, AI, ML, privacy, cyber security, and data protection.