The safest thing is to be free

“I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe.  I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air -that progress made under the shadow of the policemen’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value.  I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yelds up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave.”

H.L. Mencken

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