"If you admit that to silence your opponent by force
is to win an intellectual argument,
then you admit the right to silence people by force."
by:
Hans Eysenck
(1916-1997)
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ahh yes, the new Amerika with its socialistic/fascist ways. Security with a chicken in every pot (not).
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Liberals (and socialists, fascists, communists) will say, "But sometimes you must silence people by force." The problem of course, is THEY are the moral people to decide who should be silenced and have their rights ignored.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    True, but a circular and redundant sentence.
     -- EGL, LA     
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    Silencing an opponent by force is that precise opposite of winning an intellectual argument.
     -- Bob, Eugene, OR     
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    To bad it seems that the four previous readers have misparsed this quote... the author seems to be agreeing with their position that silencing people by force is bogus and wrong. As is also typical, Joe not only misread the quote, but also had to insult all who disagree with him, revealing his true self...
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    Yes, I agree with the quote -- I do not agree with silencing people by force.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    I agree. Silencing the opposition through aggression to win a rational debate isn't any different than forcing another to submit with aggression. Either way you're forcing compliance and taking authority. The only difference is in the latter there is not even any pretense of discussion.
     -- Anonymous     
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    I agree with Anonymous and Archer. (Also, fascism and communism are two completely different things, Joe).
     -- Anonymous     
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