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Free Speech and Conscience
Thank Heaven for Free Speech
The authors of the ‘Cato Letters’ recalled how Greek general
Timoleon replied when the people he had saved from oppression turned and bit him.
by John Trenchard 1662-1723 and Thomas Gibson ?-1750
American Civil War
‘If They Can Stand It I Can’
However loud his critics shouted their disapproval,
Abraham Lincoln would neither deprive them of free speech nor change his opinions.
by Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
John Stuart Mill
The Decencies of Debate
Abusive language, straw-man arguments and downright ‘fake news’ should have no place in civilised debate, but censoring them is far worse.
by John Stuart Mill 1806-1873
The Firstborn Liberty
John Milton (of ‘Paradise Lost’ fame) urged Parliament not to fall into bad old habits of censorship, whatever their fears may be.
by John Milton 1632-1704
No Danger in Discussion
It should never be labelled ‘dangerous’ to subject Government policy
to calm and honest criticism.
as printed in The Morning Chronicle 1792
A Right and a Duty
The tighter the US Government’s stranglehold on dissent grew, the harder
Daniel Webster fought for freedom of speech.
by Daniel Webster 1782-1852
The Copy Book
Think and Speak