"You thus have no rights at all over our freedom of thought, you princes; no jurisdiction over that which is true or false; no right to determine the objects of our inquiry or to set limits to it; no right to hinder us from communicating the results, whether they be true or false, to whomever or however we wish."
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
(1762-1814) German philosopher, psychologist, considered the father of German nationalism
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The cusp of connection, still fishing for that connection, and the true source of Revelation and Inspiration. Kante sought to bridge the gap. to debunk theories of fruitless conjecture. Mankind presses toward the mark. yet receives not the prize. Blinded in part. till ? opposition to corrupt authority is better, even not "knowing". 
 -- Ronw13, OR     
    The 'princes' today are the corporate giants regulating speech (i.e. surveillance of public discourse) which claim the right to censor anyone, yet there are tons of laws on the books that prevent businesses from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, and religion  how is it that these monopolies can discriminate against conversations about sex, race, and religion? To have an opinion about any of these topics that does not fit the leftist party line is considered 'hateful' which seems to me to be a fairly hateful assumption.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA      
    But then this also requires a stipulation that it shall not be 
    used against humanity' in nyway whatsoever. Political administrators are quite capable of doing that,
     -- Vedapushpa, Bangalore - India     
     -- Mike, Norwalk      
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