Individual and Society

From capitalistManifesto

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"The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world." - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the [public] is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." - Edward Bernays

"Political correctness is really a subjective list put together by the few to rule the many -- a list of things one must think, say, or do. It affronts the right of the individual to establish his or her own beliefs." - Mark Berley

"Every man – in the development of his own personality – has the right to form his own beliefs and opinions. Hence, suppression of belief, opinion, and expression is an affront to the dignity of man, a negation of man's essential nature." - Thomas I. Emerson

"The whole drift of our law is toward the absolute prohibition of all ideas that diverge in the slightest form from the accepted platitudes, and behind that drift of law there is a far more potent force of growing custom, and under that custom, there is a natural philosophy which erects conformity into the noblest of virtues and the free functioning of personality into a capital crime against society." - H. L. Mencken

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"At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to state this or that or the other, but it is "not done"… Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals." - George Orwell

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"The restriction of knowledge to an elite group destroys the spirit of the society and leads to its intellectual impoverishment." - Albert Einstein

"School is the advertising agency which makes you believe that you need the society as it is." - Ivan Illich

"The liberty of thinking and publishing whatsoever each one likes, without any hindrances, is not in itself an advantage over which society can wisely rejoice. On the contrary, it is the fountainhead and origin of many evils." - Pope Leo XIII

"When all think alike, no one is thinking very much. A free press is not a privilege but an organic necessity in a great society." - Walter Lippmann

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