"The right of freely examining public characters and measures, and of free communication among the people thereon … has ever been justly deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right."
by:
James Madison
(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source:
Virginia Resolutions, December 21, 1798
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Not really a thumbs down on its face while in context, it may be making a valid point in a much larger narrative. An open examination of public characters and measures, and free communications among people are elements guarding against encroachments of inalienable rights; such, by no level of measurement, can be considered or "deemed the only effectual guardian of every other right."
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Honesty and a set of Open books are very rare indeed. To say it is the Only "effectual guardian of every other right", Superficial yet justly deemed.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    I would say that the 'right' of freely examining and of free communication among the people is indeed a primary guardian of every other right. The right to learn the truth and communicate it is ever under attack by the powers-that-should-not-be. Illusion, delusion, and servitude are products of censorship and propaganda.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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