No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent , rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
The common characteristics of "groupthink" include: an illusion of invulnerability; an unquestioned belief in the group's inherent morality; collective efforts to discount warnings; stereotyped views of the enemy as evil; self-censorship of deviations from group beliefs; a shared illusion of unanimity; suppression of Dissent; and the emerge of self-appointed mind-guards who screen the group from dissidents.
If what the philosophers say be true, that all men's actions proceed from one source; that as they assent from a persuasion that a thing is so, and Dissent from a persuasion that it is not, and suspend their judgment from a persuasion that it is uncertain, so likewise they seek a thing from a persuasion that it is for their advantage.epictetus
The first opinion the Court ever filed has a dissenting opinion. Dissent is a tradition of this Court... When someone is writing for the Court, he hopes to get eight others to agree with him, so many of the majority opinions are rather stultified.william o. douglas
Dissent is the highest form of patriotism .
Other form by Howard Zinn, Dissent In Pursuit Of Equality, Life, Liberty And Happiness: An Interview With Historian Howard Zinn by Sharon Basco, , July 03 2002:
Dissent... is a right essential to any concept of the dignity and freedom of the individual; it is essential to the search for truth in a world wherein no authority is infallible.
All Protestantism, even the most cold and passive, is a sort of Dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance; it is the dissidence of Dissent, and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion.Edmund Burke
In a democracy Dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but its effects.
I think I probably made a mistake in the Hardwick case... I do think it was inconsistent in a general way with Roe. When I had the opportunity to reread the opinions a few months later, I thought the Dissent had the better of the arguments.powell, lewis f., jr.
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.Eric Hoffer
In the end it is worse to suppress Dissent than to run the risk of heresy.learned hand
Ours is a golden age of minorities. At no time in the past have dissident minorities felt so much at home and had so much room to throw their weight around. They speak and act as if they were "the people," and what they abominate most is the Dissent of the majority.Eric Hoffer
Has there ever been a society which has died of Dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.jacob bronowski
There is no room for Dissent on the left. The moment you give into their framework, you surrender your individualism.
All protestantism, even the most cold and passive, is a sort of Dissent. But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of Dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.Edmund Burke
When you would suffocate or ignore Dissent , remember how many times you dissented.
There is one tradition in America I am proud to inherit. It is our first freedom and the truest expression of our Americanism: the ability to Dissent without fear. It is our right to utter the words, "I disagree." We must feel at liberty to speak those words to our neighbors, our clergy, our educators, our news media, our lawmakers and, above all, to the one among us we elect President.
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who Dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.john stuart mill
We must not confuse Dissent with disloyalty.
A simple way to determine whether the right to Dissent in a particular society is being upheld is to apply the town square test: Can a person walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm? If he can, then that person is living in a free society. If not, it's a fear society.
They believed faith, I'm puzzled I think I may call Their belief a believing in nothing at all, Or something of that sort; I know they all went For a general union of total Dissent.james russell lowell
If what the philosophers say be true, that all men's actions proceed from one source; that as they assent from a persuasion that a thing is so, and Dissent from a persuasion that it is not, and suspend their judgment from a persuasion that it is uncertain, so likewise they seek a thing from a persuasion that it is for their advantage.
Aware that in Roe it essentially created something out of nothing and that there are many in this country who hold that decision to be basically illegitimate, the Court responds defensively.... I do not share the warped point of view of the majority, nor can I follow the tortuous path the majority treads in proceeding to strike down the statute before us. I Dissent.