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Clay Routledge

Fear pushes people to adopt a defensive posture. When people feel anxious, they’re less open to diverse ideas and opinions, and less forgiving and tolerant of those they disagree with. When people are afraid, they cling to the certainty of the world they know and avoid taking physical, emotional and intellectual risks. In short, fear causes people to privilege psychological security over liberty.

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A. S. Neill

On with the dance-but it must be danced according to the rules. And the strange thing is that the crowd will accept the rules as a crowd, while at the same time the individuals composing the crowd may be unanimous in hating the rules. To me a London ballroom symbolizes what England is. Dancing which should be an individual and creative pleasure, it reduced to a stiff walk. One couple dances just like another couple. Crowd conservatism prevents most dancers from being original. Yet the joy of dancing is the joy of invention. When invention is left out, dancing becomes mechanical and dull. English dancing fully expresses the English fear … Continue reading

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Leonard Hirshberg

There should be an equal opportunity for all. Each and every person should have as great or as small an opportunity as the next one. There should not be the unfair, unequal, superior opportunity of one individual over another.

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Lena Gercke, Sami Khedira, Chedly Belkhamsa

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木村宣彰

自由の「由」は<よる><もとづく>という意であるから他に由らず、独立して、自存すること、即ち<自らにもとづく><自らによる>ことが“自由”である。晩年のブッダは、弟子達に「自らをよりどころとし、他のものをよりどころとせずにあれ」と教えられた。我々の行動の判断は、自らに由るよりも、むしろ他の意見や権力によって支配されることが多い。そこには自由がない。だからブッダは「自らによれ」と教えられたのである。

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WPBeginner

WordPress is an open source software. It is free in the sense of freedom not in the sense of free beer. You may ask what is the difference between these two? Open Source software comes with freedom for you to use, modify, build upon, and redistribute the software in any way you like. However, there might be costs involved somewhere.

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France 3 Alsace

Le Strasbourgeois Muammar Yilmaz et son compère berlinois Milan Bihlmann ont décidé de partir sur les traces du héro de Jules Verne Phileas Fogg, mais sans un sou en poche. Ils vivent de la générosité des personnes qu’ils rencontrent sur leur chemin. Ils ont quitté la France le 9 Septembre dernier et ont depuis déjà parcouru onze pays. Les aventuriers sont actuellement en route pour Singapour.

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八木雄二

トマス・アクィナスの主知主義は、自由決定が知性によって説明されるために、かれの死後ほどなくして神学者の間で問題にされた。 トマスによれば、知性は必然的に真理にしたがう。ところで、意志のはたらきは知性によって規定される、とトマスは説明する。つまり知性が判断したのちに、その判断にしたがって意志の選択がある。しかし、そうであるなら、意志の自由な決定を意味する「自由決定」は少しも自由ではない、という矛盾したことにならないか。これが問題となった。 たしかに神においては自由と必然は対立しない。自由の問題は「自己決定」の問題であって、「真偽」の問題ではないからである。 真理が必然的に決まっていて、人間がその真理にしたがうとしても、人間が自己決定においてそれにしたがうなら、自由は侵されない。しかし意志が知性の判断にしたがう以外ないとすれば、意志は知性の判断にしばられている。その知性は一般的真理にしたがってはじめて正しい認識がある。とすれば、精神の「自己決定」といっても、事実上、一般知性の判断にしたがうことでしかない。 。。。 この問題は天使の堕落問題において明瞭になる。なぜなら、天使においては知識に問題がなく、知識の理解にも問題はない。トマスによれば、天使の知性には生来的な知識が神によって与えられている。いうまでもなく、天使は人間とは比較にならない知的能力をもつうえに、身体性がない。したがって、身体的情動によって知性のはたらきが邪魔されることもない。ではなぜ、天使の一部であれ、天使は選択を誤り、堕落したのか。 天使の堕落によって悪魔が生じた理由は、神に背反する「自由決定」があったからだとしかいいようがない。しかし、トマスの説明を検討してみても、「自由決定」があるのは意志決定においては偶然が起こるからだ、ということでしかない。 しかしただの偶然なら、悪魔も天使もただの偶然の産物である。 じっさいトマスの説明には、可能性の説明はあっても、一方が善であり他方が悪であることの必然性の原因が、堕落が偶然に起こるときにどのようにかかわっているのか、その説明はない。堕落の出来事自体は偶然であっても、その堕落を引き起こしたのが悪魔自身であることを示す原因が指定されないのである。

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Kris Kristofferson, Janis Joplin

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose And nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free     (Kris Kristofferson) Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose Nothing, I mean nothing honey if it ain’t free     (Janis Joplin)

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Tony Paterson

Bavaria has cleared the way for Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf to be published in Germany for the first time since the Second World War. The state owns the copyright for the book and had blocked all attempts to publish a new German language edition because of fears that it would encourage a resurgence of the far right. However, the copyright, which transferred to the state of Bavaria after the Nazi party’s publishing house Eher Verlag was liquidated in 1945, expires next year. Plans to republish the book with an academic commentary early in 2016 were approved in 2012, but last December the idea was blocked following complaints from Holocaust … Continue reading

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Immanuel Kant

Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another. This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own understanding! Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why such a large proportion of men, even when nature has long emancipated them from alien guidance, nevertheless gladly remain immature for life. For the same reasons, it is all too easy for others to set themselves up as their guardians. … Continue reading

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Eyler Coates

One should distinguish between the terms “freedom” and “liberty.” Speaking generally, Freedom usually means to be free from something, whereas Liberty usually means to be free to do something, although both refer to the quality or state of being free. Jefferson’s use of the terms almost always reflected those meanings. Thus, he never spoke of freedom as a right, though liberty is listed in the Declaration as one of our inalienable rights. It is safe to say that whenever Jefferson spoke of freedom, he referred to that state that is free from despotic oppression. The thought of “limitations to freedom” in its general sense was never addressed as such because … Continue reading

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FREERUN

オリンピックで日本中から注目を集めた國母和宏だが、彼は今世界中から注目を集めている。その理由は間違いなく世界レベルのスキル。ハーフパイプだけでなく、ヘリを使ったエクストリームなライディングでの海外ライダーと肩を並べるまでに成長し、その実力をここ数年の撮影で実証してみせた。その結果、彼の周りにはビッグカンパニーからのオファーが次々と舞い込んでいるのだ。そんな彼がアメリカ・カリフォルニアに自宅を構えた。

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Joel Salatin

How much evil throughout history could have been avoided had people exercised their moral acuity with convictional courage and said to the powers that be, “No, I will not. This is wrong, and I don’t care if you fire me, shoot me, pass me over for promotion, or call my mother, I will not participate in this unsavory activity.” Wouldn’t world history be rewritten if just a few people had actually acted like individual free agents rather than mindless lemmings? On a grander scale, when a society segregates itself, the consequences affect the economy, the emotions, and the ecology. That’s one reason why it’s easy for pro-lifers to eat factory-raised … Continue reading

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宮武外骨

「相模」とは東海道の一国である、「仲條」とは氏族の称である、「七両二分」とは旧貨幣の数量、「猫」とは家畜の一種、とするのは普通知識である、然るにこれを古川柳作家は、淫奔下女を「相模」と云ひ、堕胎専門女医を「仲條」と称し、奸通を「七両二部」、売春婦を「猫」と呼んで居る、 熱血的「赤」雑誌生る!!過激か穏健か破壊か建設か、赤は改命の標章なりと云ふと雖も、官僚の機関警察の球燈検事の肩章は赤にあらずや、美人の腰巻もまた赤にあらずや、我「赤」は赤裸赤誠の赤と我国旗の中心色たる赤の標章なり。

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Rau Le Creuset

All things are born into this world… and eventually they die. That is the pure and simple truth. A path not chosen is the same as a path that never existed. No matter how much we look back at the past, we never go back. We can not change what has already happened. People like you walk a path thinking something you desire is waiting for you. I walk to confirm there is nothing there. But then what is hope? That all of your wishes and all of your dreams come true? To have your prayers answered? To turn back time because things weren’t supposed to happen like that? Could … Continue reading

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Ioan Grillo

Legislators in Mexico City, the largest city in North America, are preparing to push through certain measures that would decriminalize and regulate the consumption of marijuana in the Mexican capital, a move that may speed up pot legalization elsewhere on the continent.

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Richard Powell

Accepting the world as imperfect, unfinished, and transient, and then going deeper and celebrating that reality, is something not unlike freedom.

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Andrew Foy

Government programs that involuntarily transfer or redistribute wealth are immoral because they violate the individual’s natural right to order his own actions and possessions. Theft is immoral. Likewise, theft via the government is immoral. Karl Marx and Thomas Jefferson highlight the differences between collectivism and individualism. The philosophy of collectivism regards the individual as a means to society’s ends and is thus immoral, whereas individualism respects the freedom and autonomy of each member of society. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” – Karl Marx, 1875 “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to … Continue reading

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Афиша

«Ребята, это вы сделали так, что я один» Алексей Навальный и Юрий Сапрыкин спорят о праве на нейтралитет Сегодня Кировский суд признал Алексея Навального виновным в хищении леса — и приговорил его к пяти годам тюрьмы. Для номера «Афиши», который выйдет через неделю и будет посвящен дискуссиям вокруг самых насущных вопросов российской современности, редакция попросила Навального пополемизировать о том, действительно ли у жителей России сегодня нет права на политический нейтралитет, с Юрием Сапрыкиным. Мы считаем необходимым опубликовать этот разговор уже сегодня.

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Katya Skorobogatova

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Vadim Gorshenin

Good bye, totalitarian Facebook I tried a six-week long break in communication with the people I used to chat almost daily since 2009. Now I realized that I am not willing to work for people who can block my page because my thoughts are different from theirs. I am not going to let some Facebook employees hired by a certain Katya Skorobogatova (who is she anyway?) to tell me what I can and what I cannot post on my account in the literary Russian language? ! 🙂 I have three kids and I do not want any social network as part of their totalitarian “tolerance” prohibit heterosexuals from not just … Continue reading

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OKWave

質問: タバコは合法、マリファナは違法・・・・何故? タバコ=喫煙は合法なのに、マリファナは所持しているだけで犯罪です。 わたしは生まれてから30数年、タバコを吸った事がありませんが、マリファナは1度だけ吸った事があります。 わたしはタバコが合法ならマリファナも合法であっていいと思うし、マリファナが違法ならタバコも違法にすべきだと思います。 この2つを区別する根拠を教えて下さい。 質問者が選んだベストアンサー こんばんは。仰るとおりですね。たいした根拠は無いでしょう。確かに「煙草」とは異なりますが、その常習性などは煙草の方が強いくらいです。また良く比較されるモノに「アルコール」がありますが、マリファナと大差ありませんね、あらゆる点で。経験的に、マリファナでいい気分になった人より、酔っぱらいの方が質が悪いですね。(笑) 違法とされるのはやはりその歴史からでしょうが、合法とされる国もありますよね。先日、イギリスで議会を通過しましたので、早晩合法化されるでしょう。 また、レゲエに代表されるラスタの精神は、マリファナと不可分ですので、その否定は文化の否定にも繋がります。

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Daniel C. Dennett

We live in a world that is subjectively open. And we are designed by evolution to be “informavores”, epistemically hungry seekers of information, in an endless quest to improve our purchase on the world, the better to make decisions about our subjectively open future.

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Norman Parkinson

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Women’s Rights News

I will not be any man’s half-time, down-time, spare-time, or sometimes. So don’t waste my time.

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Foreign Policy

When the Tor Project was announced a decade ago, Google was still largely seen as fulfilling its corporate motto, “Don’t be evil,” and Twitter didn’t even exist. But researchers Roger Dingledine, Nick Mathewson, and Paul Syverson could already see trouble on the horizon. Created in a U.S. naval lab to safeguard government communications, their brainchild the Tor Project is designed to protect anyone and everyone from the dangers of Big Brother. The free software, now relied on by hundreds of thousands of users daily, bounces information through the computers of 3,000 volunteers around the world, hiding the identity of the original user.

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Zero Hedge

our mission: to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public. to skeptically examine and, where necessary, attack the flaccid institution that financial journalism has become. to liberate oppressed knowledge. to provide analysis uninhibited by political constraint. to facilitate information’s unending quest for freedom. our method: pseudonymous speech… anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. it thus exemplifies the purpose behind the bill of rights, and of the first amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation– and their ideas from suppression– at the hand of an intolerant society.    …responsibly used. the right to remain anonymous may be … Continue reading

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Natalia Koliada

We perform simply because we love our jobs in the theater. It’s a life that we choose to lead, to be able to say what we think. We’re on a wanted list — we’re public enemies. Much of the oppression Belarusians are subjected to is comparable to that in Egypt and Libya. The only difference is that Belarus doesn’t generate great geopolitical interest. We don’t have gas or oil, we just have a lot of people. We are not politicians. We believe it’s necessary — whether you’re a businessman, a doctor, an actor or anything else — to tell the truth. We are very interested in the lives of people…we … Continue reading

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坂本龍一

いまの日本は、9.11直後のアメリカにちょっと近いのかもしれないね。いま話すと冗談みたいだけど、あのときはラジオでジョン・レノンの「イマジン」をかけてもバッシングをされたんだよ。 (歌詞の中の「国も宗教もないさ」っていう部分が) 愛国ムードを逆なでするっていうことでダメだったんだよね。いわゆる自主規制というやつ。これって、原発安全神話にもすごく近いよね。そういう集団ヒステリーっていうのは、どこの国でも起こるんじゃないのかな。 いいたいことがいえない社会っていうのはよくないよね。テーマがなんであっても、人はいいたいことをいっていいはずなんだよ。 原発についてはさ、すぐ「代替案を示せ」っていわれちゃうじゃない。だけど「殺人はよくない」という意見に対して、もし反対する人がいるとしてね、そこで「人殺しがダメなら代替案を示せ」とはいわないわけでしょ。それとおなじだと思う。 専門家じゃない人間だって、代替案のない人間だって、「こわい」「不安だ」「こどもの将来はどうなるんだろう」とかいっていいんだよ。だって、それはそう思ってるんだから、そう思ってるってことを表現していい。 「代替案を示せ」っていわれちゃうとさ、こっちは素人だからなにも案を示す必要なんてないのに、一瞬、発言しちゃいけないような気にさせられちゃう。だからあれはなかなか攻撃的な言葉だと思う。僕は居直って、「代替案なしでしゃべって何が悪い!」って思いますけどね。 エネルギー政策の代替案をつくるっていうのは、本来、専門家の仕事なんだから。それを大阪の橋下市長は、新聞がその専門家だと思っちゃったのか「脱原発するっていうなら朝日か毎日あたりが原発ゼロの具体的行程表をつくれ!」なんて命令口調でいってましたけどね。あれはちょっと、「大丈夫かな、この人」と思っちゃいましたね。

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Reporters Without Borders

In an interview yesterday for Al-Jazeera, Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) could not treat Al-Aqsa TV employees as “legitimate journalists” like BBC or Al-Jazeera English journalists. Reporters Without Borders condemns Regev’s position and points out that news media enjoy the same rights as civilians under humanitarian law and their offices cannot be regarded as military targets. Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire yesterday said that support for Hamas could not be used as grounds for attacking a news organization. “Attacks on civilian targets are war crimes and serious violations of the Geneva Conventions,” Deloire said. “Those responsible must be identified.”

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U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri

Christjan Bee, 36, of Monett, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England to possessing obscenity. On Aug. 8, 2011, Bee’s wife contacted the Monett Police Department and reported that she had found files she believed to be child pornography on a computer used by her husband. Police officers executed a search warrant at Bee’s residence and seized his computer. During the forensic examination of Bee’s computer, a collection of electronic comics, entitled “incest comics,” were discovered on the computer. These comics contained multiple images of minors engaging in graphic sexual intercourse with adults and other minors. The depictions clearly lack any literary, artistic, political or scientific value. Under … Continue reading

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九島伸一

皆を戦争に導き、国を滅ぼすことを亡国という。それを愛国というのは、言葉のまやかしだ。 戦争で死ななければならなかった若者は被害者だ。それを英霊といって祀るのはおかしい。 私は、君が代なんていう天皇神道の歌を歌うのは嫌いだけれど、日本がこよなく好きだ。 国旗掲揚なんていう儀式は嫌いだけれど、サッカーの日本代表が日の丸をつけるのが好きだ。 私は隣国が大好きだ。コリアにも、中国・台湾にも、ロシアにも、好きな人がたくさんいる。 そして日本も大好きだ。日本人であることに誇りを持って生きてきたし、これからもそうする。 日本が好きという自然な感情や個人的な考えについて、とやかく言われたくはない。 国民がそれぞれの考えで国と関わるとき、どの考えが正しいなどとは誰にも言えないはずだ。 どんな考えを持とうとも勝手だが、威勢がいいだけの国を滅ぼすような考えは認めたくない。 大好きな日本に滅んでほしくないから、栄えて欲しいから、隣国との諍いは避けようと言う。 隣国を蔑み、罵り、対立を煽る人たちを、私は許したくない。それほどまで寛大になれない。 将来その人たちが力を失い、多数でなく少数になったときに、その少数意見を聞くのだろうか。 その人たちと相互批判や相互啓発ができるのだろうか。まるで ル・ペン のような人たちと。 私はとても保守的で、神社が好きで、寺も好きで、自然も好きで、日本人が大好きだ。 でも、私は愛国という言葉が嫌いで、護国という言葉も嫌いで、国家神道が大嫌いだ。 私にとっては、戦争を起こしたり、国の名の下に罪もない人たちを殺すのが非国民なのだ。 君が代に嫌悪感を感じ、国旗掲揚を良しとしないからといって、非国民扱いすることはない。 私は日本を愛している。その愛し方がみんなと違うからといって、とやかく言わないでほしい。

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Lazlo

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唐木順三

乱世も百数十年もつづくと、ひとはいはば乱世ずれがしてくる。乱世がむしろ通常のこととして受取られるやうになつても、それが乱世であることには変りはない。ひとびとはまた乱世なるが故の自由、伝統や儀式や規則から開放された個人の自由、当時の言葉でいへば「雅意」(我意)による行動の自由を感じまた実行するやうになつた。乱世においては、各自は各自の力で生きるより外はない。力のないものは己が計りごとによつて生きる工夫をする。『徒然草』は、さういふ無秩序の時代の無秩序な自由狼藉や、教養もたしなみもしつけも無い庶民また成上り者に対して辛辣な批評を加へてゐるが、同時にまた批評の自由、拘束のない精神の自由を十分に味はつてゐる。

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Pussy Riot

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Reuters

Pussy Riot verdict draws criticism around globe European nations and the US, as well as some celebrities, voiced sharp criticism of Russia on Friday over jail sentences handed to three members of the punk band Pussy Riot who protested against President Vladimir Putin in a church.

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Paul McCartney

I’m writing to show my support for you at this difficult time. I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest. Many people in the civilized world are allowed to voice their opinions and as long as they do not hurt anyone in doing so I believe this is the best way forward for all societies. I hope you can stay strong and believe that I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power … Continue reading

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Supreme Court of the United States

Struggles to coerce uniformity of sentiment in support of some end thought essential to their time and country have been waged by many good, as well as by evil, men. Nationalism is a relatively recent phenomenon, but, at other times and places, the ends have been racial or territorial security, support of a dynasty or regime, and particular plans for saving souls. As first and moderate methods to attain unity have failed, those bent on its accomplishment must resort to an ever-increasing severity. As governmental pressure toward unity becomes greater, so strife becomes more bitter as to whose unity it shall be. Probably no deeper division of our people could … Continue reading

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尾崎豊

自由になりたくないかい 熱くなりたくはないかい 自由になりたくないかい 思う様に生きたくはないかい 自由っていったいなんだい どうすりゃ自由になるかい 自由っていったいなんだい 君は思う様に生きているかい

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開沼博

人口の3分の1から4分の1は原発関連で生計を立てていると思います。その家の人が原発関連で働いていなくても、親戚付き合いや近所付き合いはあるので、なんらかのステークホルダーになってしまう。そう簡単に「原発は危ないから嫌だ」と言える状況ではないんです。原発関連で働くと言っても、今メディアで報じられるように白い服を着てマスクをつけている人だけではなくて、実際にはガードマンの仕事があれば、瓦礫をトラックで運び出す仕事や仕出しの弁当を作る人、原発の中で働く人を相手にした保険外交員もいる。年配の人や技術がない人も含めて原発ではたくさんの人が働いている。 。。。最初の段階では、どうにか自分たちの田舎を都会に近づけるために、他の地域と競い合いながら新幹線や高速道路を持ってくるみたいな形で、中央に対して「自発的な服従」をしていくようになった。それがいつの間にか財政的な問題や文化的な問題でaddictionalになっていき、「自動的かつ自発的な服従」が完成したという風に私は捉えています。ここでのポイントは「服従」が、その言葉から想像しやすいような権力による強引な支配によるどころか、むしろ、服従する側が勝手に権力にひれ伏してしまうという一見奇妙な現象が起こっているということです。

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沖縄タイムス

改正沖縄振興特別措置法(沖振法)案と駐留軍用地跡地利用特別措置法(跡地法)案の沖縄関係2法案が30日、参院本会議で可決、成立した。4月1日から沖縄県は新しい法律の下で、今後10年間の沖縄振興を進めることになる。 。。。 新時代の沖縄振興は、沖縄側の意識改革が伴わなければ絵に描いた餅になりかねない。国の特別措置にもたれかかり、そこに安住するだけでは、将来展望は開けない。

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>朱景文

>… 在这些条例中,都重申各级人民政府保证  宪法所规定的公民言论自由的权利。并且同时规定,公民在行使这些自由和权利时,必须遵守宪法和法律,不得损害国家的、社会的、集体的利益和其他公民的合法的自由和权利。这些条例中所包含的限制性规定大体包括下列一些内容: 反对宪法确立的基本原则的; 危害国家统一、主权和领士完整的; 危害国家安全、荣誉和利益的; 煽动民族分裂,侵害少数民族风俗习惯、破坏民族团结的; 泄露国家机密的; 宣扬淫秽、迷信或者渲染暴力,危害社会公德和民族优秀文化传统的; 侮辱或者诽谤他人的; 法律、法规规定禁止的其他内容的。

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>Lee Berthaaume, Jason Fekete

>It’s as good a motto as any for the federal Liberal party after members voted to make the legalization of marijuana a party policy and rejected a motion to sever ties with the monarchy. Debate over whether to legalize marijuana was equally contentious, though 77 per cent of delegates voted in favour of legalization.

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>Charles Taylor

>We define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in struggle against, the things our significant others want to see in us. Even after we outgrow some of these others—our parents, for instance—and they disappear from our lives, the conversation with them continues within us as long as we live.

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George Carlin

I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don’t believe anything the government tells me. — One great thing about getting old is that you can get out of all sorts of social obligations just by saying you’re tired. — When it comes to God’s existence, I’m not an atheist and I’m not an agnostic- I’m an acrostic, the whole thing puzzles me. — Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of … Continue reading

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>Ron Paul

> Liberty means to exercise human rights in any manner a person chooses so long as it does not interfere with the exercise of the rights of others. This means, above all else, keeping government out of our lives. Only this path leads to the unleashing of human energies that build civilization, provide security, generate wealth, and protect the people from systematic rights violations. In this sense, only liberty can truly ward off tyranny, the great and eternal foe of mankind. To believe in liberty is not to believe in any particular social and economic outcome. It is to trust in the spontaneous order that emerges when the state does … Continue reading

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>Easydamus

> Chaotic neutral is the philosophy that the pursuit of liberty and freedom is a desirable end in and of itself. It is a philosophy of pure equitistic individualism. This philosophy holds that the best way for all beings to pursue a rational self-interest is in a society devoid of social order. By putting the needs of the individual ahead of the needs of the state or social order, each being can advance its own self-interest with a minimum of interference from others. The ideal government for this alignment is an minimalist state or anarchy supporting a social order in which they are allowed maximum freedom. Whether the social order … Continue reading

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>Buddha

> 仲間の中におれば、休むにも、立つにも、行くにも旅するにも、常に人に呼びかけられる。他人に従属しない独立自由を目指して、犀の角のようにただ一人歩め。 Among many companions;whether one rests, stand, sit, or walk; there are endless requests from others …; having respect for and appreciation of Freeing Independence …; which is not liked by any other; one should wander solitary as a rhinoceros horn.

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>Alison Edgle

> … Chomsky is not inconsistent … when he claims to be both a libertarian and a socialist. His socialism poses no particular problems: it is about the need for and the way in which humans organise and live together collectively as individuals. The values of freedom and equality are not mutually exclusive. Chomsky’s views on human nature lend his particular position on libertarian socialism greater authority. Liberty and equality are not only interdependent and progressive values, since, in Chomsky’s view, they are also necessary to or preferable for the healthy development of the human condition. Chomsky’s evidence for such a necessity is far from concrete, as he admits. However, … Continue reading

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>Noam Chomsky

> Pascal raised the question: How do you know whether God exists? He said, if I assume that he exists and he does, I’ll make out OK. If he doesn’t, I won’t lose anything. If he does exist and I assume he doesn’t I may be in trouble. That’s basically the logic. On this issue of human freedom, if you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, etc., there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. That’s your choice.

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Caine

Those who value freedom most must sometimes choose to lose it.

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>Cora

> 西暦2011年は、日本の元号で平成23年になります。22年前のあの日-1989年1月7日の朝。 天皇陛下におかせられましては、本日午前6時33分、吹上御所において崩御あらせられました この宮内庁発表をもって、60年以上続いた「昭和」時代が幕を閉じました。直ちに新しい元号を決めるための閣議が開かれ、午後2時過ぎに「平成」と発表されて、1月8日から「翌日改元」で施行されました。1月7日は、公共の場所で一切の「歌舞音曲自粛」が言い渡され、どこのテレビ局も天皇陛下崩御関連の報道に集中しました。すっかり退屈して、レンタルビデオ店に足を運んだ人たちが多かったそうです。

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>松方正義

> 皇太后陛下 崩御ニ付本日ヨリ左ノ通歌舞音曲ヲ停止ス 一 營業ニ係ルモノハ十五日間 但シ御發棺及御埋棺此ノ期間後ナルトキハ其ノ當日尚之ヲ停止ス 二 其ノ他ノモノニ在テハ三十日間 明治三十年一月十二日 內閣總理大臣伯爵松方正義

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>Adlai E. Stevenson

> Freedom rings where opinions clash.

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>Coco Chanel

>L’acte le plus courageux, c’est encore de penser par soi-même. A voix haute.

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>Nancy Reagan

> Just say no.

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>Russell Kleinbach, Mehrigiul Ablezova, Medina Aitieva

> The 1999 and 2001 data provided evidence that approximately 50 per cent of ethnic Kyrgyz marriages were the result of kidnappings. These data provided evidence that as many as 66 per cent of these marriages were non-consensual. The first two studies concluded that approximately 33 per cent of ethnic Kyrgyz women were married against their will as a result of bride kidnapping. The 2004 data show that 80 per cent of Kyrgyz marriages in this village are the result of kidnappings. These data illustrate that 57 per cent of these marriages are non-consensual. The 2004 village study suggests that 45 per cent of the ethnic Kyrgyz women are married … Continue reading

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>Adrian Banks

> The most basic of the Roman Law principles is: “The chief division of the rights of persons is this: men are all either free or slaves.” Slavery has been an institution throughout the history of the human race. What about today? In America and no doubt in other countries of the world, people are told from childhood that they are free. But just because something has been drummed into your head all of your life mean that what you have been mentally conditioned to believe is true? … There is nothing new about religion and politics combining forces to make people conform to a certain way of thinking. Power … Continue reading

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>Barry Schwartz

> There are now several books and magazines devoted to what is called the “voluntary simplicity” movement. Its core idea is that we have too many choices, too many decisions, too little time to do what is really important. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that people attracted to this movement think about “simplicity” in the same way I do. Recently I opened a magazine called Real Simple to find something of a simplicity credo. It said that “at the end of the day, we’re so caught up in doing, there’s no time to stop and think. Or to take care of our own wants and needs.” Real Simple, it is claimed, … Continue reading

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>N. Scott Pritchard

> For better or worse, 401(k) plans represent the future of retirement in this country. Yet the design of these plans leaves the critical investment decisions to emotion-driven, novice investors who are typically uneducated and uninterested when it comes to properly managing an investment portfolio. As a result, this “freedom of choice” be comes the “tyranny of choice,” and a vast number of American workers face an uncertain future in retirement.

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>Clémentine Deroudille, Joann Sfar

> Qui ne connaît pas Brassens ? Tout le monde a chantonné un jour l’une de ses chansons. L’homme est installé dans la mémoire collective avec l’image parfois consensuelle du père tranquille que l’on chante en famille au coin du feu, celle de l’ami qui nous rassure parce qu’il nous parle d’un monde où les amoureux se bécotent sur les bancs publics, où les croquants vont en ville à cheval, où Margot dégrafe son corsage pour donner la gougoutte à son chat… Quand les chansons sont restées, l’image de l’homme s’est brouillée, adoucie, comme ternie. Il est temps de découvrir que derrière la figure fleurant bon la France d’antan, se … Continue reading

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>Four Freedoms Park

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>Franklin D. Roosevelt

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>Wan-Ki Lo

> No -ism

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>刘瑜

> … 所以,即使是在信息自由、充分的社会,人们对信息的关注和吸收也往往是选择性的。我曾经写过一些观察美国政治的文章。有读者曾问:你写这些是不是很容易,把在美国看到的事情给描述一下就行了?我答,可能不像你想象得那么容易。很多留学生出国之后关注国内“超女”选拔,远胜于关注美国国会辩论,还有很多干脆顺着我们从小被灌输的意识形态框架,看见的永远只是“美帝”如何横行霸道,而不是这个国家的政治运作机制。一个人“看到”一个事物并不等于他能“看见”它,人们往往需要穿过重重意识形态才能看见自己所看到的东西。中文里有个更简洁的词,叫做“视而不见”。 理性的无知,中国人当然不陌生。最极端的例子是大跃进。农民自己就是种地的,岂能不知“亩产万斤”的荒谬?科学家有基本常识,又怎会不知土法炼钢炼出来的都是什么东西?各层干部炮制假数据,又怎能不知“大好形势”后面的巨大灾难?至于毛主席,总有人用“他被下面的人给蒙蔽了”来为之辩护,要我看,与其说他不知道,不如说他不想知道。这个情境里,对于一些人,无知可以带来利益;对于另一些人,无知可以带来安全;对于还有一些人,无知则可以满足其意识形态的偏执。在这里,无知就像一块大肥肉,各路苍蝇、蚂蚁、豺狼可以蜂拥而至各取所需。 … 万一降落伞打不开呢?他们可能担心。于是他们继续待在温暖的机舱,对大地上的声音充耳不闻。于是“群众”当中,出现了一群越来越“不明真相”的领导。现在,令人担忧的是,那些坐在机舱里的人,和那些大地上的人,他们携带着各自眼中完全不同的世界,正在高速接近。有一些事实,那么多事实,我们知道,但他们不知道我们知道,而我们不知道他们不知道我们知道——这样两个疾驰的世界互相追尾时,该是怎样的场景?

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>Karl Marx

> I am not a Marxist. Democracy is the road to socialism. For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending. Religion is the opium of the people. History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this. History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Atheism is a negation of God, and by this denial, it … Continue reading

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>松永真理

> 基本的に自分のやりたいと思ったことを自由に行っています。自由というのが私にとって一番重要なキーワードなんです。 — 働き始めてからちょうど30年たちましたが、30年前から今の自分を予想していたかというと、まったく予想がつきませんでした。働いていること自体考えてなかったですね。昨今言われている、キャリアプランニング、「10年後何をしているか考えろ」、というような考え方はかなりのプレッシャーですよね。私も推奨している、「Planned Happenstance(=計画的偶然性)」理論というものがあるのですが、それは「個人のキャリアは、計画的ではない偶然性によって形成される」という考え方なんです。この理論では、この計画的偶然性を具現化するには5つの行動特性、「好奇心」、「リスクテイク」、「こだわり」、「楽観主義」、「柔軟性」があると言われてます。そういう行動特性が、確かに私にもあるみたいですね。そのような特性があって、リクルートに入り、NTTドコモに行き、今の自分が形成されたのだと思います。だから決してフラットに、計画通りにきたわけではないのですよ。岐路に立ちかかった時は、理屈じゃなくて、直感で、心に無理がないことを選んできました。

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>Niko Alm

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>Thomas Jefferson

> God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever. Commerce between master and slave is despotism. Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than these people are to be free. Establish the law for educating the common people. This it is the business of the state to effect and on a general plan.

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>Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

> … liberals believed, in the Jeffersonian phrase, that that government is best which governs least. But, when the growing complexity of industrial conditions required increasing government intervention in order to assure more equal opportunities, the liberal tradition, faithful to the goal rather than to the dogma, altered its view of the state. — The process of redefining liberalism in terms of the social needs of the 20th century was conducted by Theodore Roosevelt and his New Nationalism, Woodrow Wilson and his New Freedom, and Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal. Out of these three great reform periods there emerged the conception of a social welfare state, in which … Continue reading

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>Pierre Goodrich

> … to use this Fund to the end that some hopeful contribution may be made to the preservation, restoration, and development of individual liberty through investigation, research, and educational activity.

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>The 9/11 Commission Report

> We must find ways of reconciling security with liberty, since the success of one helps the other. The choice between security and liberty is a false choice . . . Our history has shown us that insecurity threatens liberty. Yet if our liberties are curtailed, we lose the values that we are struggling to defend.

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>Franklin D. Roosevelt

> Four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy: Freedom of speech and expression Freedom of worship Freedom from want Freedom from fear

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>Rashard Mendenhall

> What kind of person celebrates death? I believe every opinion should be respected or at least given some thought. I apologize for the timing as such a sensitive matter, but it was not meant to do harm. I apologize to anyone I unintentionally harmed with anything that I said, or any hurtful interpretation that was made and put in my name. It was only meant to encourage anyone reading it to think. I don’t believe that this is an issue of politics or American pride; but one of religion, morality, and human ethics.

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>Albert Einstein

> I believe in intuition and inspiration. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research.

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>TSUTAYA阿佐ヶ谷ゴールド街店

> 営業再開しました! テレビは地震ばっかりでつまらない、そんなあなた、ご来店お待ちしています!

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>國母和宏

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>Benjamin Franklin

> Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.

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>Marilyn Manson

> There is a hurricane ablowing and just by knowing what you know, you have an advantage to the blind morons that surround you everyday. However not everyone can be saved. Ancient proverb: don’t bother telling the truth to your friend because he already knows and don’t bother telling the truth to your enemy because he won’t believe you. Civilize those you can and fuck the rest. There are too many people in this world. It is not our responsibility to be constantly cleaning up after the weak-minded. Nature will eventually run its course and those too stupid to live will fortunately be crushed beneath the wheels of our progress. … Continue reading

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>Archibald MacLeish

> What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing.

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>Claude Adrien Helvetius

> To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves.

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>Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

> Whoever would do good in the world, ought not to deal in censure. We ought not to destroy, but rather construct.

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>John Rawls

> Two Principles of Justice: (a) Each person has the same indefeasible claim to a fully adequate scheme of equal basic liberties, which scheme is compatible with the same scheme of liberties for all; and (b) Social and economic inequalities are to satisfy two conditions: first, they are to be attached to offices and positions open to all under conditions of fair equality of opportunity; and second, they are to be to the greatest benefit of the least-advantaged members of society (the difference principle).

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>Hannah Arendt

> Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. The raison d’être of politics is freedom, and its field of experience is action. AFFIDAVIT OF IDENTITY IN LIEU OF PASSPORT 8. I wish to use this document in lieu of a passport which I, a stateless person, cannot obtain at present.

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>Derek Jarman

> Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law.

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>Milton Friedman

> Economic arrangements play a dual role in the promotion of a free society. On the one hand, freedom in economic arrangements is itself a component of freedom broadly understood, so economic freedom is an end in itself. In the second place, economic freedom is also an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom. The first of these roles of economic freedom needs special emphasis because intellectuals in particular have a strong bias against regarding this aspect of freedom as important. They tend to express contempt for what they regard as material aspects of life, and to regard their own pursuit of allegedly higher values as on a different … Continue reading

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>Bill Clinton

> In the new century, liberty will spread by cell phone and cable modem. We know how much the Internet has changed America, and we are already an open society.

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>WikiLeaks

> Our goal is to bring important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists (our electronic drop box). One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth. — Sufficient principled leaking in tandem with fearless reporting will bring down administrations that rely on concealing reality from their own citizens.

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>Kelly McBride

> For journalists, I think Wikileaks is actually a good thing. This could be a place where they could go to seek documentation of something they already have some other reporting on or to find further documentation.

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>Time

> Savvy web users, of course, know that public wikis are never trusted for their authenticity for the simple reason that anyone can post or edit them. Instead they’re viewed as a first step in the research process. And if Wikileaks is used with a healthy dose of skepticism, it could become as important a journalistic tool as the Freedom of Information Act.

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>Supreme Court of the United States

> The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.

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>佛学大词典

> 【洒洒落落】 禅林用语。洒洒,形容心不迷惑;落落,谓不停滞于物。即心不执着,远离所有束缚与染污,不拘泥于物之自在境地。

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>Thomas Jefferson

> The last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us.

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>John Rawls

> They give priority to the basic liberties, regard individuals as free and responsible masters of their aims and desires, and all are to share equally in the means for the attainment of ends unless the situation of everyone can be improved, taking equal division as the starting point.

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>John Stuart Mill

>It will probably be conceded that it is desirable people should exercise their understandings, and that an intelligent following of custom, or even occasionally an intelligent deviation from custom, is better than a blind and simply mechanical adhesion to it. — A person whose desires and impulses are his own — are the expression of his own nature, as it has been developed and modified by his own culture — is said to have a character. One whose desires and impulses are not his own, has no character, no more than a steam-engine has a character.

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>Martin Luther King

> I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that … Continue reading

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>Mark McGuinness

> Many creative people lead apparently boring working lives, sticking to the same routine every day. They do this because they understand instinctively what neuroscience has now confirmed – routine is a key that unlocks creative inspiration.

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