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First Principles: The Right To Peacefully Dissent Is Fundamental To America

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Paramount To Distinguish Political and Social Opposition

“It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred … Continue reading

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First Principles: Fight Every Tyranny Over the Mind of Man

“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” – Thomas Jefferson All ideas should be open for discussion in a free market place of ideas.  This is the … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Free Thought Protects Against the Rise of Dictatorship

“Freedom of thought is the only guarantee against an infection of people by mass myths, which, in the hands of treacherous hypocrites and demagogues, can be transformed into bloody dictatorships.” —Andrei Sakharov (1921-1989) Andrei D. Sakharov was the Russian designer … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Restriction of Free Thought and Speech Is Subversion

“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.”  – Justice William O. Douglas in The One Un-American Act, Speech to the Author’s Guild … Continue reading

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First Principles: Subduing Free Speech Begins the Overthrow of Liberty

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.”  –  Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy Body and Early Writings        

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Thought For the Day: Free Speech Is the Greatest Freedom

“I have always been among those who believed that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.”  … Continue reading

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First Principles: Freedom of Speech and Thought Are Essential To Our Republic

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”  –  George Washington  

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