Boxes which (help) preserve our freedoms

Webpages which feature quotations about freedom and liberty often include
one of the following, and they almost always attribute it to "Anonymous": but, for the last three, that "Anonymous" should be "Myron A. Calhoun"!

Web searchs show that, as early as July, 1991, I closed emails with:

      "We preserve our freedoms using three boxes:  ballot, jury, and cartridge."

Although I don't remember from whence it came, I am sure that *I* did NOT originate the three-box version!   However, after I began using it, some unremembered correspondent told me I had left out the soap box, so by April, 1993, my email "signature" included:

      "We preserve our freedoms using four boxes:  soap, ballot, jury, and cartridge."

Later, another correspondent suggested a fifth box, and still later, another correspondent suggested a sixth box. For each suggestion I had to re-word my "signature" a little to keep it under 80 characters (so it wouldn't "wrap" on the CRT screens of that era), and now, my email "signature" almost always includes:

      "Six boxes preserve our freedoms:  cash, soap, ballot, witness, jury, and cartridge."

I once attended a politically-related meeting and, much to my surprise and delight, the speaker's powerpoint presentation opened with my five-box version -- but it wasn't attributed to anyone.   However, when I claimed it, someone else at the meeting who knew me agreed that it was MY quotation!

Just thought you'd like to know "the rest of the story"
(with credit to Paul Harvey for that famous phrase).

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