"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     
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     -- 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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