Alan Barth Quote

“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.”

~ Alan Barth

The Loyalty of Free Men, 1951

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Anonymous    6/16/06

Yeah.. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? I love this quote.

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

Would that ours in today's America would stand up to this challenge...

Joe, Rochester, MI

The state is scaring people into giving up freedoms in churches, in the press, and in universities.

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Anon    10/14/09

Any society or anyone that stays free automatically performs as a check on any notion that demands the result from an individual's free thought should be subject to the determination of another. This is a natural effect established by the practice of individual freedom.

Mike, Norwalk

Obamunist, with his Czar ministers, his news cantors, and illuminated holy scribes are about to make life illegal in the US without forced offerings. I hope all have enough where-with-all to get you through whats comming.

Justin, Elkland

Government by its very nature opposes liberty. The question is, how does a population restore liberty without armed conflict?

Waffler, Smith

In a free society all of these institutions and "the state" should all be seekers after truth. I would hate to be under the dictatorship of any of them. Often "the state" or the people which is the same thing must check the chruch. and the press, if they become overbearing. Have you never heard of the French Revolution.

Robert, Somewhere in Europe

Unfortunately, this quote is out of date, as the state is no longer the state but capitalist's (who run the state) getting rich off the backs of the poor (mostly through debt). America no longer has a Government that represents the people but represents corporations and the wealthy elite.


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