Archive for the ‘Freedom to criticize’ Category

Quote of the day, Dec. 12

December 12, 2017

Christopher Hitchens, on freedom of expression

“My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time.”

Quote of the day, March 1

March 1, 2017

George W. Bush, on the news media (2017)

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need the media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 15

December 15, 2014

First Amendment to U.S. Constitution (ratified Dec. 15, 1791)

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

Quote of the day, May 29

May 29, 2014

Daniel J. Boorstin, from The Image

“The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness.”

First Amendment Day ’14 at Iowa State

April 14, 2014
Mary Beth Tinker. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Mary Beth Tinker. (Photo by David W. Bulla)

Today, the annual First Amendment Day activities get underway at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. (more…)

Quote of the day, March 30

April 3, 2014

Robert Taft, on free speech (1941)

“As a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government … too many people desire to suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 19

February 19, 2014

Phil Ochs, on protest

“It is wrong to expect a reward for your struggles. (more…)

Quote of the day, Dec. 3

December 3, 2013

Václav Havel, on action

“Even a a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 11

November 11, 2013

Carl Van Doren, on the creator and the critic

“Neither creator nor critic can make himself universal by barely taking thought about it. He is what he lives. The measure of the creator is the amount of life he puts Into his work. The measure of the critic is the amount of life he finds there.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 9

November 9, 2013

Tim Berners-Lee, on the freedom to criticize

“Whistleblowers, and responsible media outlets that work with them, play an important role. We need powerful agencies to combat criminal activity online, but any powerful agency needs checks and balances and, based on recent revelations, it seems the current system of checks and balances has failed.”