“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” —James Madison (1822)
It is almost inconceivable to me that a professor at Princeton stated that free speech was not important. It is nothing short of a tragedy to me that a recent Brookings Institute survey demonstrated a significant number of student and college professors believe it okay to use physical violence to stop the expression of free speech and thought. It is the end of the rule of law and our republic if that group of state attorney generals get their right to silence critics of the global climate change hypothesis by criminalizing dissenting opinions.
It is, in fact, as though A Brave New World, Animal Farm and 1984 have been hoisted on us throughout the world including the United States (of which obviously is my area of greatest experience and news). Our founders warned us against this willful imposition of ignorance.
It is my aim through the Harvard Classics studies and so on to do my small part to combat this highly disturbing trend. It seems only yesterday that I was considered to be a moderate Leftist leading an environmental organization and fighting for the availability of information from the government on a number of fronts. Now, I have been labeled a conservative and I’m still fighting for the cause of opening and opened minds and urging the necessity of allowing dissenting opinions.
Is anyone else feeling pessimistic about these disturbing trends to limit, confine, pre-define and assign our thoughts, opinions and what information is available to we the people to consider? Popular government can only be sustained if the people are informed enough to vote intelligently.