„You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.“

— Clarence Darrow, Address to the court in People v. Lloyd (1920)
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— Tony Blair former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1953
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„Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.“

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„With your help, and the help of other free men, this crisis can be surmounted. Freedom can prevail and peace can endure.“

— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
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„The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man in falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic.“

— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
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„There are no protections of autonomy and free speech.“

— Charles A. Reich American lawyer 1928
Context: Liberals placed an unreasonable amount of faith in large institutions: unions, foundations, big government, large corporations, and universities. These institutions are based on principles that are antithetical to democracy. They are not democratic, they are hierarchical: Someone is at the top and everybody else is at the bottom. Their policies are not made democratically, they are made at the top. These institutions are also not egalitarian. They operate by administrative discretion and authority, not the rule of law: There is no legislature, no group lawmaking body. The individual in the large organization does not have the kind of constitutional rights that an individual in the society at large has. There are no protections of autonomy and free speech. Employees can be fired for many reasons. We need to constitutionalize large organizations to protect the people within them, to ensure that they can be politically outspoken.

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„The conception that we can only protect ourselves if we are prepared to protect others surely ought to belong to the nursery stage of social education.“

— Norman Angell British politician 1872 - 1967
Context: The conception that we can only protect ourselves if we are prepared to protect others surely ought to belong to the nursery stage of social education. But such things as the mechanism of security through law, the place of force in society, are things not, it would seem, included usually in the common education of our peoples.

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