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    thomas i. emerson Quotes

    Once one accepts the premise of the Declaration of Independence - that governments derive "their just powers from the consent of the governed" - it follows that the governed must, in order to exercise their right of consent, have full freedom of expression.
    — Thomas I. Emerson
    The function of the censor is to censor. He has a professional interest in finding things to suppress.
    — Thomas I. Emerson
    tags: censor 
     
    Suppression of expression conceals the real problems confronting a society and diverts public attention from the critical issues. It is likely to result in neglect of the grievances which are the actual basis of the unrest, and thus prevent their correction.
    — Thomas I. Emerson
    The right to freedom of expression is justified first of all as the right of an individual purely in his capacity as an individual. It derives from the widely accepted premise of Western thought that the proper end of man is the realization of his character and potentialities as a human being.
    — Thomas I. Emerson
    The Right of all members of society to form their own beliefs and communicate them freely to others must be regarded as an essential principle of a democratically organized society.
    — Thomas I. Emerson
    tags: belief  society  right 
     
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