„The government and the people are under a moral necessity of acting together; a free press compels them to bend to one another.“

—  James Mill

The Edinburgh Review, vol. 18 (1811), p. 121

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—  Alexander Mackenzie 2nd Prime Minister of Canada 1822 - 1892

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„A free press stands as one of the great interpreters between the government and the people. To allow it to be fettered is to fetter ourselves.“

—  George Sutherland Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, United States Senator, member of the United States House of Representatives 1862 - 1942

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„Free Press is a Marxist organization, and it— the FCC is now riddled with Free Press people. The White House, riddled with people that are taking phone calls from Free Press.“

—  Glenn Beck U.S. talk radio and television host 1964

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„Any government is free to the people under it (whatever be the frame) where the law rules, and the people are a party to those laws, and more than this is tyranny, oligarchy, or confusion.“

—  William Penn English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania 1644 - 1718

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Contexto: I know what is said by the several admirers of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy, which are the rule of one, a few, and many, and are the three common ideas of government, when men discourse on the subject. But I chuse to solve the controversy with this small distinction, and it belongs to all three: Any government is free to the people under it (whatever be the frame) where the law rules, and the people are a party to those laws, and more than this is tyranny, oligarchy, or confusion.

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„Free government is self-government. A government of the people by the people. The best government of this sort is that which the people think best.“

—  Walter Bagehot, livro The English Constitution

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„If the loyal people united were put to the utmost of their strength by the rebellion, must they not fail when divided and partially paralyzed by a political war among themselves? But the election was a necessity. We cannot have free government without elections“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

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Contexto: If the loyal people united were put to the utmost of their strength by the rebellion, must they not fail when divided and partially paralyzed by a political war among themselves? But the election was a necessity. We cannot have free government without elections; and if the election could force us to forego or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us. The strife of the election is but human nature practically applied to the facts of the case. What has occurred in this case must ever recur in similar cases. Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we will have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us, therefore, study the incidents of this as philosophy to learn wisdom from, and none of them as wrongs to be revenged.

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