Free speech, free press, free religion, the right of free assembly, yes, the right of petition... well, they are still radical ideas.
more Lyndon B. Johnson quotes
The Liberty of the press is the Palladium of all the civil, political and religious rights of an Englishman.
more Junius quotes
It seems as if the Department [of Justice] sees the value of the Bill of Rights as no more than obstacles to be overcome.
more Prof. Sanford H. Kadish quotes
Drug offenses ... may be regarded as the prototypes of non-victim crimes today. The private nature of the sale and use of these drugs has led the police to resort to methods of detection and surveillance that intrude upon our privacy, including illegal search, eavesdropping, and entrapment. Indeed, the successful prosecution of such cases often requires police infringement of the constitutional protections that safeguard the privacy of individuals.
more John Kaplan quotes
We simply do not catch a high enough percentage of users to make the law a real threat, although we do catch enough to seriously overburden our legal system.
more John Kaplan quotes
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute -- where no Catholic prelate would tell the president (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote -- where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference -- and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the president who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.
more John F. Kennedy quotes
At the heart of western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man... is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and abiding practice of any western society.
more Robert F. Kennedy quotes
I have a dream that one day ... the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, 'Free at last! free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
more Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes
Freedom of the press, freedom of association, the inviolability of domicile, and all the rest of the rights of man are respected so long as no one tries to use them against the privileged class. On the day they are launched against the privileged they are overthrown.
more Prince Peter Kropotkin quotes
Let no man think we can deny civil liberty to others and retain it for ourselves. When zealous agents of the Government arrest suspected “radicals” without warrant, hold them without prompt trial, deny them access to counsel and admission of bail....we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity...
more Robert M. Lafollette, Sr. quotes
I believe in my right to be wrong, and still more in my right to be right.
more Owen Lattimore quotes
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.
more Richard Henry Lee quotes
It is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects -- military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden -- that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time.
more C. S. Lewis quotes
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
more A. J. Liebling quotes
Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another's beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.
more Joshua Liebman quotes
A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.
more Abraham Lincoln quotes
If by the mere force of numbers a majority should deprive a minority of any clearly written constitutional right, it might, in a moral point of view, justify revolution.
more Abraham Lincoln quotes
Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes.
more Abraham Lincoln quotes
Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main bulwark.
more Walter Lippmann quotes
A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great society.
more Walter Lippmann quotes
Whereas each man claims his freedom as a matter of right, the freedom he accords to other men is a matter of toleration.
more Walter Lippmann quotes
We must protect the right of our opponents to speak because we must hear what they have to say.
more Walter Lippmann quotes
Because law enforcement resources have been concentrated on the street drug trade in minority communities, drug arrests of minorities increased at 10 times the rate of increase for whites.
more Los Angeles Times quotes
Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
more Thomas Babington Macaulay quotes
None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours. The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbours together is still smaller.
more Thomas Babington Macaulay quotes
There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits.
more Thomas Babington Macaulay quotes
Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.
more Archibald MacLeish quotes
We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable right.
more James Madison quotes
What becomes of the surplus of human life? It is either, 1st destroyed by infanticide, as among the Chinese and Lacedemonians; or 2nd it is stifled or starved, as among other nations whose population is commensurate to its food; or 3rd it is consumed by wars and endemic diseases; or 4th it overflows, by emigration, to places where a surplus of food is attainable.
more James Madison quotes
Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money?
more Matthew 20:15 quotes
Whatever the immediate gains and losses, the dangers to our safety arising from political suppression are always greater than the dangers to the safety resulting from political freedom. Suppression is always foolish.
more Neil A. McDonald quotes
The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher standard.
more George McGovern quotes
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
more John Stuart Mill quotes
Let us forget such words, and all they mean, as Hatred, Bitterness and Rancor, Greed, Intolerance, Bigotry. Let us renew our faith and pledge to Man, his right to be Himself, and free.
more Edna St. Vincent Millay quotes
Here the great art lies, to discern in what the law is to bid restraint and punishment, and in what things persuasion only is to work.
more John Milton quotes
Of the liberty of conscience in matters of religious faith, of speech and of the press; of the trial by jury of the vicinage in civil and criminal cases; of the benefit of the writ of habeas corpus; of the right to keep and bear arms.... If these rights are well defined, and secured against encroachment, it is impossible that government should ever degenerate into tyranny.
more James Monroe quotes
The prime function of the criminal law is to protect our persons and our property; these purposes are now engulfed in a mass of other distracting, inefficiently performed, legislative duties. When the criminal law invades the spheres of private morality and social welfare, it exceeds its proper limits at the cost of neglecting its primary tasks. This unwarranted extension is expensive, ineffective, and criminogenic.
more Norval Morris quotes
The busybodies have begun to infect American society with a nasty intolerance -- a zeal to police the private lives of others and hammer them into standard forms -- A Nation of Finger Pointers.
more Lance Morrow quotes
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes which were, for the moment, unpopular.
more Edward R. Murrow quotes
Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power.
more Benito Mussolini quotes
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more National Press Club quotes
My fear was not of death itself, but a death without meaning. I wanted my death to be something the people could relate to, a basis for further mobilization of the community.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
You can jail a Revolutionary, but you can't jail the Revolution.
more Huey P. Newton quotes
As a first-time drug law offender, I was sentenced to 27 non-parolable years in prison. The amount of time was based on liquid waste found in the garage and unprocessed chemicals. There were no drugs.
more David A. Nichols quotes
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