The Necessity of the Free Flow of Information

Free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. … [A] free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism.

Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master.

Although this quote is from a video game (Alpha Centauri, actually), it doesn’t make it any less true – or less relevant, especially today.

Censorship – and especially censorship of news and events – is bad, bad, bad. How else will we know when our rights are being infringed or our freedoms being repressed if we can’t hear about it and talk about it? Remember: it is in the interest of the oppressor to suppress information about his oppression.

An Amazingly Good Quote

My philosophy is to “educate and then trust the general public”. This philosophy is in line with the basic values of democracies. The government’s approach to homeland security is “keep everything secret and trust nobody”. This is in line with the basic values of authoritarian governments.

I found this quote here:

My philosophy is to “educate and then trust the general public”. This philosophy is in line with the basic values of democracies. The government’s approach to homeland security is “keep everything secret and trust nobody”. This is in line with the basic values of authoritarian governments.

That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?