"Let us always remember that he does not really believe his own opinion, who dares not give free scope to his opponent."
Wendell Phillips
(1811-1884) American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator, lawyer
Speech, 1863
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The statist theocracy that infests this land is a great example of the quote. It enforces its morays through malignant cannons on all. The truly free at heart's opinion dares encouragement of each individual to live his or her own life (individually, in concert, collectively, etc) as he or she chooses without external political or otherwise religious encumbrances.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    (-: oops, morays should be mores ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    This doesn't seem to apply to Al Gore who says that global warming is"settled science" and no opposing views need disussing. That's convenient for Al and the gang while we all freeze this winter.
     -- jm k, Austin     
    That is a perfect comparison jim. Northern Florida was the same temperature last weekend as Calgary here in Western Canada. Iguanas are falling out of orange trees dead...frozen to death. On the flip side, we have more Polar Bears up here right now than we had in the 70's. "Global Warming...My *ss!
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    When the issues are about power rather than opinion, then no opposition is best. That's the litmus test for whether the 'opinion' is really a deception for something else.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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