It is perfectly possible for a man to be out of prison and yet not free—to be under no physical constraint and yet be a psychological captive, compelled to think, Feel and act as the representatives of the national state, or of some private interest within the nation wants him to think, feel and act. To him the walls of his prison are invisible and he believes himself to be free.
—ALDOUS HUXLEY, A Brave New World Revisited
Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn't fit in with the core belief.
—Author FRANTZ FANON
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elected, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
— JAMES MADISON
This is the problem when police officers and police departments have a financial interest in doing their job. We got rid of bounty hunters because they were not a good thing. This is modern day bounty hunting.
— Public Defender JOHN REKOWSKI
No power on earth has a right to take our property from us without our consent.
— JOHN JAY, first Chief Justice of the United States
The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.
— HERMAN SCHWARTZ, The Nation
If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers? If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat and kill him. Do we want police officers to have that mentality? Of course not.
—ARTHUR RIZER, former police officer and member of the military
Until they become conscious, they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled, they cannot become conscious.
We know from painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must
—MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Letter From Birmingham City Jail
All martyrs of religious faiths, of freedom and of science have had to disobey those who wanted to muzzle them in order to obey their own consciences, the laws of humanity and of reason. ... At this point in history, the capacity to doubt, to criticize and to disobey may be all that stands between a future for mankind and the end of the civilization.
—ERICH FROMM, author and psychologist