We trust Americans to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe.
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The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack… These actions apparently arise from a view that our national tradition of free expression is no longer valid; that censorship and suppression are needed to avoid the subversion of politics and the corruption of morals.
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Why is Intellectual Freedom Important? Intellectual freedom is the basis of our democratic system. We expect our people to be self-governors. But to do so responsibly, our citizenry must be well informed. Libraries provide the ideas and information, in a variety of formats, to allow people to inform themselves.
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Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind, and therefore independence of all social, political or religious prejudice... It loves one thing only... truth.
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The USA was founded in the name of democracy, equality and individual freedom, but is failing to deliver the fundamental promise of protecting rights for all.
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When a government takes over a people’s economic life it becomes absolute, and when it has become absolute it destroys the arts, the minds, the liberties and the meaning of the people it governs.
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It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union.
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Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them.
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Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.
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No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.
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Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil -- and if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty.
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If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.
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He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
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The basis of a democratic state is liberty.
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...[W]e insist on the principle that no danger or crisis, foreign or domestic, will be solved by Americans surrendering more of their constitutional liberties, in the foolish hope that a bigger government will provide greater security.
more Larry P. Arnn quotes
The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
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To those who scare peace loving people with phantoms of lost liberty, my message is this: your tactics aid terrorists for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America’s enemies and pause to America’s friends.
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Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
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What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.
more Margot Asquith quotes
The use of “religion” as an excuse to repress the freedom of expression and to deny human rights is not confined to any country or time.
more Margaret Atwood quotes
It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty, or to seek power over others and to lose power over a man's self.
more Sir Francis Bacon quotes
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
more Mikhail A. Bakunin quotes
The right to unite freely and to separate freely is the first and most important of all political rights.
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Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch.
more James Baldwin quotes
Freedom is not something that can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.
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The price one pays for pursuing any profession, or calling, is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.
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Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it.
more Tallulah Bankhead quotes
Cocaine habit forming? Of course not. I ought to know, I've been using it for years.
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A man is either free or he is not. There cannot be any apprenticeship for freedom.
more Imamu Amiri Baraka quotes
Freedom all solace to man gives: He lives at ease that freely lives.
more John Barbour quotes
The tree of liberty could not grow were it not watered with the blood of tyrants.
more Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac quotes
Thought that is silenced is always rebellious. Majorities, of course, are often mistaken. This is why the silencing of minorities is necessarily dangerous. Criticism and dissent are the indispensable antidote to major delusions.
more Alan Barth quotes
The notion that the church, the press, and the universities should serve the state is essentially a Communist notion. In a free society these institutions must be wholly free – which is to say that their function is to serve as checks upon the state.
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Freedom is not caprice but room to enlarge.
more Cyrus Augustus Bartol quotes
What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.
more Bruce Barton quotes
It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder.
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
Society is composed of men, and every man is a FREE agent. Since man is free, he can choose; since he can choose, he can err; since he can err, he can suffer. I go further: He must err and he must suffer; for his starting point is ignorance, and in his ignorance he sees before him an infinite number of unknown roads, all of which save one lead to error.
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
In short, is not liberty the freedom of every person to make full use of his faculties, so long as he does not harm other persons while doing so? Is not liberty the destruction of all despotism -- including, of course, legal despotism? Finally, is not liberty the restricting of the law only to its rational sphere of organizing the right of the individual to lawful self- defense; of punishing injustice?
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.
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Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Thus the beneficiaries are spared the shame and danger that their acts would otherwise involve... But how is this legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them and gives it to the other persons to whom it doesn't belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish that law without delay ... No legal plunder; this is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony and logic.
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When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.
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The state tends to expand in proportion to its means of existence and to live beyond its means, and these are, in the last analysis, nothing but the substance of the people. Woe to the people that cannot limit the sphere of action of the state! Freedom, private enterprise, wealth, happiness, independence, personal dignity, all vanish.
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
By virtue of exchange, one man's prosperity is beneficial to all others.
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No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony, and logic. Until the day of my death, I shall proclaim this principle with all the force of my lungs (which alas! is all too inadequate).
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
more Frederic Bastiat quotes
What's right with America is a willingness to discuss what's wrong with America.
more Harry C. Bauer quotes
The Supreme Court is steadily eroding the protections against police excess promised by the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.
more Dan Baum quotes
It's gotten to where defense attorneys in federal drug cases can do their clients about as much good as Dr. Kevorkian can do his -- quietly shepherd them through to the least painful end.
more Dan Baum quotes
The country's first drug ban explicitly targeted the opium of "the heathen Chinee." Cocaine was first banned in the south to prevent an uprising of hopped-up "cocainized Negroes.
more Dan Baum quotes
One of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.
more Charles Austin Beard quotes
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