"There is no inherent misdirection in holding unorthodox views.
Indeed, the autonomous individual, free from compulsive conformance
and unquestioned assumptions, is likely to be unorthodox...
They stimulate the climate of controversy without which
political democracy becomes an empty formalism."
The Adjusted American, 1964
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 -- David L Rosenthal      
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
Those here supporting a Constitutional Republic, contrary to collectivists desires, are almost extinct and at least unorthodox. Political democracy can not be an empty formalism but rather, it is a ravenous monster.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- E Archer, NYC     
    In the case of liberal-socialists (politicians, democrats, most republicans, Reston, Rosenthal, etc.) their intent is to misdirect, so you don't notice they have no facts to back their outrageous conclusions.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    We had a saying in my day "He who believes in nothing will fall for anything." I would say its still good today. Joe, my friend, you have a good undersandting and it is great to see.
     -- RV Winkle, USA     
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    What is going on with you people, Joe and Rip? What have I said to make anyone think I support socialism? And what have I said to warrant such a comment on this particualr page? I think you are unstable.
     -- David L Rosenthal     
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    Hi David Sorry...but that was never my intention to insinuate anything of the sort...didn't catch your name there...sorry again.
     -- RVW, USA     
    I support Mick's statement! Where is he now? su
     -- siouxlin, Fort Bragg,CA     
    If I'm the Mick referred to then I'm still in Manchester.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
    Thomas Edison had "unorthodox" views and then look what happened.
     -- jim k, Austin     
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    Powerful statement of validity for all sovereign individuals! It is not always our direct intent to "misdirect" by interjecting our vociferous logical counterpoints to encroaching groupthink; what sets us apart from the Sheeplish flock is, our very insoluble autonomy which they so envy while voting to eliminate, and our Patriotism which so denies and despises the power of the statism they prefer to our American form of sovereign Liberty.
     -- Mark, Aurora, Colorado     
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    jim k, Tesla's views were even more unorthodox than Edison -- and look what happened to HIM! ;-)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    " O Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth ? thou has stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou has consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the Lord, and the judgement of their God. Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their back slidings are increased. How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had feed them to the full, then they committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses. They were as feed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbor's wife. shall I no visit for these things. saith the Lord: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Jeremiah chapter 5. the number of death. Here in Jeremiah we find the ancient doctrine of Liberty. it is in vain that a people would worship the host of heaven. "Behold a people come from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth. The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger? saith the lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces." Jeremiah chapter 6 and 7. Unorthodox is the left handed man, with the knife. Hidden upside down and backwards with his back against the wall. Many thing are hidden in this manner. Brought out in Due Season. Many walk in the imagination of their evil heart, not knowing there are Two Treasures within.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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