Quotes on freedom by underground

With the news that Al Jazeera cameraman, Sami Al-Hajj has finally been released without charge or trial from Guantanamo Bay, I think perhaps it is important to reflect on what freedom really means. The current political climate has led to curtailing of civil rights and liberties in many countries, at a time when politicians are claiming to be fighting for those same freedoms. Perhaps what has angered people most in the last few years, is the blatant lying and hypocrisy from many world leaders. I think some intelligent thinkers have posed on this same idea throughout history.

Abraham Lincoln:

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves”

William Faulkner:

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it”

Edmund Burke:

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion”

Benjamin Franklin:

“They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security”

Carl Shurz:

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other”


“We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free”


“None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free”

Noam Chomsky:

“If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all”

Okay that should do. I know there are many others. Many a wise person has come to similar conclusions. Yet the masses swallow the bull shit. Who’s to blame? Politicians? The media? Religion? The education system? Parents? TV?


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