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In continuation of my last post, I quote from Andrew Hamilton’s eloquent defense of freedom of the press (1735):

…let us at least do our duty, and, like wise men who value freedom, use our utmost care to support liberty, the only bulwark against lawless power, which, in all ages, has sacrificed to its wild lust and boundless ambition the blood of the best men that ever lived. . . . I cannot but think it mine and every honest man’s duty that, while we pay all due obedience to men in authority, we ought, at the same time, to be upon our guard against power wherever we apprehend it may affect ourselves or our fellow subjects.

We might also remember good old Ben Franklin, always useful to drag out of the closet in times of crisis:

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.


Written by srogers

July 2, 2011 at 2:03 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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