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History is a guide to navigation
in times that are perilous. History
is who we are and why we are the way we are.
The lesson begins.
The basis of a democratic state is liberty
Liberty cannot be preserved without a
general knowledge among the people.
Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty,
but also by the abuse of power.
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue
freely according to conscience, above all liberties
We need not fear the expression of ideas-
We do need to fear their suppression
The best weapon of dictatorship is secrecy,
but the best weapon of democracy is openness
No man may poison the people for his private profit
One of the penalties for refusing to participate
in politics is that you wind up being governed by your inferiors.
Copyright: 2017 Lady Samantha
note: Cento -n- a literary work made up of quotations from other works.