William Earnest Hocking Quote

“Where men cannot freely convey their thoughts to one another, no other liberty is secure.”

~ William Earnest Hocking

Freedom of the Press, 1947

Ratings and Comments

David Chenevert, Norwood

Absolutely hits home, now.

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Usha    8/9/05

Exactly.A quote to remember.

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KS    8/10/05

T shirt saying material.

Bill the Libertarian, Sarasota, FL

The USAPATRIOT Act reduces the role of the judiciary in approving or denying telephone and internet surveillance, and makes private citizens subject to the oversight of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court (FISA court) which has a lower burden of probable cause for issuance of warrants. It's in sections 206, 208 and 215 - read it and weep. And there's virtually no right of privacy anymore with the Carnivore key word search system in place under the federal Total Information Awareness program (renamed the less-threatening Terrorism Information Awareness program), which also conducts data mining and snooping into every manner of private transaction in America. Hate-crime legislation punishes thought and speech. Judicial decisions create new victim classes of Americans, based upon the imagined offense of politically incorrect speech. If you desire to freely convey your thoughts to another person in 21st century America, you risk legal consequences. RISK THEM ANYWAY! We have no rights which we will not defend.

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Bill the Libertarian, Sarasota, FL 5/9/22

This has happened and continues to happen.

Mike, Norwalk
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Mike, Norwalk Mike, Norwalk 5/3/22

Where men cannot freely convey their thoughts on inalienable rights, liberty, the laws of nature and of nature's God and/or justice, to one another, no concept, or an expansion thereof, is recognized.

cal, Lewisville, Texas

The loss of any liberty is the loss of all liberty.

Jim K, Austin

Tell that to the political correct crowd.

Ronw13, Oregon

Fears of rebuttal for unbridled tongues. In today's environment, it would be very wise, in not giving oneself to folly and jest. Stakes are much higher, when entering uncharted waters. " I SAID, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me."
Psalm 39:1 king David.

Fredrick William Sillik, Anytown

If you take the path of the unreal, you're not going have any sincere thoughts, that's my real sincere belief, thank-you.


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