"Dissent and dissenters have no monopoly on freedom.
They must tolerate opposition.
They must accept dissent from their dissent.
And they must give it the respect and
the latitude which they claim for themselves."
Abe Fortas
(1910-1982) U. S. Supreme Court Justice
New York Times Magazine, 12 May 1968
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In times when 'poltical correctness' often seem to demand more respect for the dissenter than for his opponent this is an important reminder of the meaning of real freedom.
 -- Anne, Hamburg     
    How about we dissent right back to the Constitution? (minus the 16th amendment). After that, I doubt we'll see much dissent at all.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Yeah, sort of a spin on the golden rule.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Those who go on web sites thinking they are going to find comfort and slaps on the back for their right wing or left wing, liberal or conservative views should be forewarned by this quote.
     -- Waffler, Smith     
    Sorry, this argument merely defends the status quo. There are some things which cannot be compromised. Dissenters never got anywhere by following the rules of their tyrants. This quote could be from Jefferson or Hitler, it applies to whomever currently has the upper hand.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Excellent Archer - right on. I'm amazed you gave it two stars. How dare you have dissent in my court - dissent of the dissenter - that is really dumb.
     -- RBSRQ     
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