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Liberty, not Hypocrisy <– Noam Chomsky


Censorship, like all other oppression, is always imposed with the excuse that its victims are obviously wrong, bad, unhealthy, or foolish

 

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.

Noam Chomsky, Guardian (UK), November 23, 1992


 

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Dissent is Patriotic <– Mark Twain


It doesn't matter which party is in control, or whether they are "authorities"; if they are wrong, it would be treason not to openly oppose them

The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth’s political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal, he is a traitor.

That he may be the only one who thinks he sees this decay, does not excuse him: it is his duty to agitate anyway, and it is the duty of others to vote him down if they do not see the matter as he does.

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889)

 
 

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The Right to Offend <- Orwell


If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

The common people still vaguely subscribe to that doctrine and act on it. In our country — it is not the same in all countries: it was not so in republican France, and it is not so in the USA today — it is the liberals who fear liberty and the intellectuals who want to do dirt on the intellect

— George Orwell, Freedom of the Press (1948)

(This was to be the foreword of Animal Farm. It is perfect irony, that the publisher decided to censor it.)
 
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Posted by on January 10, 2011 in Philosophy, Politics, society

 

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Words are SUPPOSED to Hurt


Words are supposed to hurt. That’s considered a legitimate way of fighting things out.

And what did it replace in the historical scene? It replaced actual violence.

Words are supposed to be free so we CAN actually fight things out, in the battleplace of ideas, so we don’t end up fighting them out in civil wars.

If we try to legitimately ban anything can hurt someone’s feelings, everyone is reduced to silence.

— Greg Lukianoff, head of FIRE, speaking on Stossel (2009)

 
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Posted by on July 26, 2010 in Philosophy, Politics

 

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Liberty to Know and Argue by Conscience


Areopagitica is regarded as one of the most eloquent defences of press freedom ever written.

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.

- John Milton, Areopagitica: A speech of Mr. John Milton for the liberty of unlicensed printing to the Parliament of England, 1644

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2010 in Politics

 

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Patriotism Be Not Blind


ConstitutionDayPic“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober”.

G. K. Chesterton, A Defence of Patriotism


But Now You Know

How, Exactly, Are They Defending Our Freedom?

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2009 in Foreign Policy, Politics

 

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