"Protection, therefore, against the tyranny
of the magistrate is not enough;
there needs protection against the tyranny
of the prevailing opinion and feeling,
against the tendency of society to impose,
by other means than civil penalties,
its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct
on those who dissent from them."
John Stuart Mill
(1806-1873) English philosopher and economist
On Liberty, 1859
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
 -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
I like it, a lot; much truth there.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Henry, Edinboro, Pennsylvania      
    Great quote. There needs to be protection from busy-body Social Engineers who are elected and appointed to a government office.
     -- Mary - MI     
  • 4
     -- watchman 13, USA      
    Protection from the majority as well as the minority.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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    Beware the opinion-makers -- their job is to get us to fall in line and offer no resistance to their designs upon our properties and labors. Majority popular opinion has traditionally been the conditioned responses of the masses without any reasonable basis.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    He does not seem to be too fond of political correctness does he?
     -- Warren, Olathe     
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    Brought to the forefront of today; We The People - the individual sovereigns with inalienable rights, with liberty at “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” (Declaration of Independence - the intended jurisprudence of the de jure States united) suffer tyranny of/by the occupying statist theocracy that is currently infesting this land (the magistrate). The prevailing opinion (media / government induced democracy) accepts as normal, the tyranny of compelled compliance, victimless crimes, government licenses and larceny with impunity (2nd plank of the communist manifesto, Social Security, police state confiscations and denial of perfected allodium / absolute property ownership). Funny money inflation with the whole domain of “Woke” theocratic dogma imposes on society penalties, ideas, and practices of rules of tyranny.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Mother nature is never tyranical!
     -- Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown     
    It appears there is something going on here...that we are learning nothing about if any of this is true. How do we know any more what is true and what isn't? we are surrounded by trolls, and theorists as well as those in our nation who want to see us destroyed if their actions are to be believed. I am certain most of the current Congress members have never read the Constitution which they held up right hand and swore an oath to.
    https://jamesroguski.substack.com/p/wake-up-and-smell-the-burning-of?   and the rest of this is: The US Constitution. WE may have until May 22-28 to save the USA...if this is true...it is It looks convincing. Is this a lie? Are We the People no longer in charge here?  Or is tyranny arriving without giving thought whatsoever to our Constitution?

     -- abby     
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