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The liberties of none are safe unless the liberties of all are protected.
   —  Justice William O. Douglas
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Only when there is a wilderness can man harmonize his inner being with the wavelengths of the earth.  When the earth, its products, its creatures, become his concern, man is caught up in a cause greater than his own life and more meaningful.  Only when man loses himself in an endeavor of that magnitude does he walk and live with humanity and reverence.
  —  Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
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The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas.  The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.
   —  Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
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Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have outlived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts.
   —  William O. Douglas
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The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do.  They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought.  They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty.  They chose liberty.
   —  William O. Douglas
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To be whole and harmonious, man must also know the music of the beaches and the woods.  He must find the thing of which he is only an infinitesimal part and nurture it and love it, if he is to live.
   —  William O. Douglas
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On This Day In:
2014 It Slipped Away
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We must realize that today’s Establishment is the new George III.  Whether it will continue to adhere to his tactics, we do not know.  If it does, the redress, honored in tradition, is also revolution.
Poets and authors have told us that our society has been surfeited with goods, that our people are mostly well-fed, that marketing and advertising devices have put into our hands all manner and form of gadgets to meet any whim, but that we are unhappy and not free.
The young generation sees this more clearly than their parents do.  The youngsters who rise up in protest have not formulated a program for action.  Few want to destroy the system.  The aim of most of them is to regain the freedom of choice that their ancestors lost, to be free, to be masters of their destiny.
We know by now that technology can be toxic as well as tonic.  We know by now that if we make technology the predestined force in our lives, man will walk to the measure of its demands.  We know how leveling that influence can be, how easy it is to computerize man and make him a servile thing in a vast industrial complex.
This means we must subject the machine – technology – to control and cease despoiling the earth and filling people with goodies merely to make money.  The search of the youth today is for ways and means to make the machine – and the vast bureaucracy of the corporation state and of the government that runs that machine – the servant of man.
That is the revolution that is coming.
That revolution – now that the people hold the residual powers of government – need not be a repetition of 1776.  It could be a revolution in the nature of an explosive political regeneration.  It depends on how wise the Establishment is.  If, with its stockpile of arms, it resolves to suppress the dissenters, America will face, I fear, an awful ordeal.
   —   Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
From his book: “Points of Rebellion
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