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#10061I do not patronize poor, ill educated, or disenfranchised people by
exempting them from the same critical examination I feel free to
direct toward the rest of society, however much I might champion the
same minority or disadvantaged group in the forums of that society.
-- James Moffitt
#10062Is uniformity attainable? Millions of innocent men, women, and
children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt,
tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch towards
uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half
of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.
-- Thomas Jefferson
#10063The human instinct to censor thrives, as it always will, living in
irrepressible conflict with the human instinct to speak. Outrage,
self-righteousness, and paranoia feed the maw of censorship.
Squelching speech, however, never reduces society's net paranoia
quotient; it simply redirects it, drives it underground, where it
festers into more dangerous hysterias. In the words of Justice
Brandeis, "Men feared witches and burned women."
-- Rodney Smolla, "Free Speech in an Open Society", p. 43.
#10064As long as there are entrenched social and political distinctions
between sexes, races or classes, there will be forms of science whose
main function is to rationalize and legitimize these distinctions.
-- Elizabeth Fee
#10065Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their
reputation or social standards never can bring about reform. Those
who are totally in earnest are willing to be anything or nothing in
the world's estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and
out, avow their sympathies with despised ideas and their advocates,
and bear the consequences.
-- Susan B. Anthony (1873)
#10066"Even if you want no state, or a minimal state, then you still have to
argue it point by point. Especially since most minimalists want to
keep exactly the economic and police system that keeps them
privileged. That's libertarians for you -- anarchists who want police
protection from their slaves!"
-- Coyote, in Kim Stanley Robinson's "Green Mars"
#10067And they mainly want to teach them not to question, not to imagine,
but to be obedient and behave well so that they can hold them forever as
children to their bosom as the second millennium lurches toward its
panicky close.
-- Jerome Stern
#10068I've no regrets. I was sincere in everything I said.
-- Former Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf,
annoucing his new book
#10069The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that
the end justifies the means.
-- Georges Bernanos (1888-1948), French novelist,
political writer. "Why Freedom?" The last essays of
George Bernanos (1955)
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