“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Nicely Put.

with 2 comments

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“It concerns the issue of liberty: the liberty to publish well-argued opinions without fearing that the local police will drop by for a “friendly chat” aimed at nudging you towards removing posts from your own blog which may have offended someone else’s cherished self-image. For one thing, finding the police at you door on a Sunday morning is not exactly an image of friendliness conjured up by law-abiding conscientious citizens. For another, the preservation of another person’s cherished self-image should not really be the business of our law-enforcement personnel.

I think this is a very simple principle to grasp and to agree with.”

Written by modernityblog

01/02/2010 at 01:27

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  1. I think this is a very simple principle to grasp and to agree with….

    So do I.


    01/02/2010 at 08:47

  2. I think a lot of Brits, don’t.

    In fact, it’s a bit surreal, there is often a political debate about the role of the State in the economy, how much intervention etc etc

    Yet many of the people who would oppose state intervention in the economy and business are less troubled when the State knocks on your door (or preferably someone else’s, they assume).

    The debates which went on in America concerning Civil Liberties, and freedom of speech were never had in Britain, so many people don’t see the issue, or the wider implications (basically, I suspect because it’s not affecting **them**)


    01/02/2010 at 15:55

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