Ernest Renan Quote

“To be able to think freely, a man must be certain that no consequence will follow whatever he writes.”

~ Ernest Renan


Ratings and Comments

Anonymous, Reston, VA US

While this may have been ment to say that there should be no negitive consequence from the act of writing, a part of that act of writing is often not just to express, but to actually cause actions by others to be taken... consequences... so, for a lack of clarity (on the part of either the writer... or of the creators of this site), this gets a thumbs down.

Mike, Norwalk

King George's executive order of May 9, giving the President absolute dictitorial power, even over private business, in case of any declared emergency will eventually bring consequences. I think and write as freely as I want or am able, knowing consequences are comming.

Robert, Sarasota

Nothing is without consequence and the fight for freedom even less so

E Archer, NYC

Indeed, what we say has an impact. If anything, a person must expect that consequences will follow whatever he/she writes. However, that choice should still be an individual's to make, not due to a decree from the government.

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EGL, LA    6/1/07

Giving the author the benefit of the doubt I am quite sure in the context of commenting on freedom of expression he was referring to punitive consequences.

Ken, Allyn, WA

If someone writes something that deserves the negative reactions of his employer, neighbors, or associates, then they should expect them. The problem comes when government starts becoming the dictator of "proper" thoughts and right-speak.

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Anonymous    3/12/09

Generally I agree with this statement (I hate censorship with a passion).

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

The ability to think freely was ordained to be a native faculty of Man and ought to be, accordingly, regarded as being a Sovereign Right of his and something the actuality of which is wholly discrete from external constraint.

An individual cannot predicate his or her ability to think freely upon the prospective consequences of his or her doing so.

Anyone who is constrained to do so is, by definition, not free.

Ronw13, Oregon

This quote, spoken by a man who promotes the Khazar hypothesis, which today, is still used to challenge the idea, Jews have ancestral ties to ancient Israel, and plays a large roll in antisemitic attitudes. Factions within the scientific community and the study of genetics, coupled with fringe linguistic theories battle in the UN as in other Countries who appose Israel or rather the State of Israel. Ernest Renan's passivist statement, seeking to stir hatred, without retribution ! What is the motive when freely thinking, and the intent when published ! As an Individual Sovereign, I protect the Individual Sovereignty as Right. Obviously it was not Ernest Renan's intent.

E Archer, NYC

Thanks to 'Hate Speech' laws, a person can be jailed upon the arbitrary claim that his/her writing is 'hate speech.' This is a very slippery slope...

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC E Archer, NYC 6/16/20

And now, in 2020, newspaper editors are fired for publishing op-eds that contradict the Party line, people are fired for social media posts that contradict 'fake news', all whites are racist (they just don't realize it) and blacks cannot ever be racist, no matter what they say or how they act (somehow).  Certain words can only be spoken by a black person  considered criminal if a white person speaks them, even if reading the words of a black speaker using them.  A professor was fired the other day for reading MLK's letter from an Alabama jail(!!) 

Most conservative news outlets have been purged from social media access  if Twitter could ban Trump they would have done so a long time ago, but it would only bring attention to their bias and leftward spin (and cost them BILLIONS in revenue). 

Today, opinion is news  and opposing opinions are 'hateful,' and hate speech is not protected free speech.  Seems crazy since every other word out of the mobs is a hateful profanity aimed at shutting you up  permanently if they have their way.  Name-calling is the go to fallacy for every argument.  There is no debate, either capitulate to the statist authoritarians or be cancelled, neutralized, and destroyed.  Children are used as pawns for the Socialist Revolution, and should they succeed, they will reap the same rewards as communist Russia and Maoist China, servitude for all, ruled by a Democrat elite.  You may not leave the urban plantation!


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