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We are told that democracy is the best form of government, and we have fought wars and spent trillions of dollars in a seemingly successful effort to preserve democracy here and abroad. Yet the democratic model is losing out to the authoritarian model in our daily lives here at home. Following the corporate lead, virtually all of our institutions, from schools and colleges to Little League, are based on the top-down model. If we spend most of our time working under authority, how can we say we are a democratic society? When and where do we practice democracy?
-Charles A. Reich, Opposing the System, p. 37

A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.
-Adlai Stevenson

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government.
-Edward Abbey

People who are willing to give up freedom for the sake of short term security, deserve neither freedom nor security.
-Benjamin Franklin

To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.
-Theodore Roosevelt

Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
-Louis Dembitz Brandeis

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