Archive for February, 2011

Quote of the day, March 1

February 28, 2011

George Orwell, from 1984

“If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened — that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 28

February 28, 2011

Michel de Montaigne, on quoting others

“I quote others only in order the better to express myself.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 27

February 26, 2011

William Wilberforce, on the slave trade (1789)

“I mean not to accuse any one, but to take the shame upon myself, in common, indeed, with the whole parliament of Great Britain, for having suffered this horrid [slave] trade to be carried on under their authority. (more…)

Quote of the day, Feb. 26

February 26, 2011

Pete Seeger, “If I Had a Hammer” (1949)

If I’ve got a hammer
And I’ve got a bell
And I’ve got a song to sing … all over this land, (more…)

Quote of the day, Feb. 25

February 25, 2011

W.E.B. Du Bois, on liberty

“The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 24

February 24, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI, on religious freedom (2007)

“An appreciation for religious freedom is a fundamental expression of respect for human reason and its capacity to know the truth.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 23

February 22, 2011

Ralph Bunche, on freedom (1960)

“When people seek freedom, they are always impatient.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 22

February 21, 2011

Justice Robert H. Jackson, in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943)

“If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 21

February 21, 2011

Herbert D. Croly, on democracy

“Democracy may mean something more than a theoretically absolute popular government, but it assuredly cannot mean anything less.”

Free expresion in the news

February 20, 2011

Here are some recent stories that on various aspects of freedom of expression: (more…)