The four boxes of liberty is a meme that proposes: "There are four boxes to be used in the defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo. Please use in that order."
Concepts and phrases evolve and are applied in new ways. The "four boxes" meme always includes the ballot, jury and cartridge (or ammo) boxes. Additional boxes, when specified, have sometimes been the bandbox, soapbox, moving box, or lunch box. The meme in various forms has been used in arguments about tariff abolition, the rights of African Americans, women's suffrage, environmentalism and gun control.
Famous quotes containing the words liberty and/or boxes:
“I am glad I made the late race. It gave me a hearing on the great and durable question of the age, which I could have had in no other way; and though I now sink out of view, and shall be forgotten, I believe I have made some marks which will tell for the cause of civil liberty long after I am gone.”
—Abraham Lincoln (18091865)
“Always polite, fastidiously dressed in a linen duster and mask, he used to leave behind facetious rhymes signed Black Bart, Po8, in mail and express boxes after he had finished rifling them.”
—For the State of California, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)