A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all: it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality.
It is hard for any one to be an honest politician who is not born and bred a Dissenter.
May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.
Disagreement produces debate but dissent produces dissension. Dissent (which come from the Latin, dis and sentire) means originally to feel apart from others. People who disagree have an argument, but people who dissent have a quarrel. People may disagree and both may count themselves in the majority. But a person who dissents is by definition in a minority. A liberal society thrives on disagreement but is killed by dissension. Disagreement is the life blood of democracy, dissension is its cancer.
The truth is that a vast restructuring of our society is needed if remedies are to become available to the average person. Without that restructuring the good will that holds society together will be slowly dissipated. It is that sense of futility which permeates the present series of protests and dissents. Where there is a persistent sense of futility, there is violence; and that is where we are today.
Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence.
If we confuse dissent with disloyalty
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.
Last Update: November, 2020