Paine’s take on freedom of speech

On 24/04/2010, in Thoughts, by Bram

You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.

Thomas PaineW in his The Age of ReasonW

Very impressed by Paine’s thinking on this matter. Regretfully anno 2010 a lot of people, especially in the Netherlands, seem to take a different opinion when talking about freedom of speech.


My Library

On 22/10/2009, in Miscellaneous, by Bram

The past few months I have been using Librarything as a way to digitalize my book collection. Right now I have 444 books in my library! Woohoo! (Still quite some books to go though). You can see my library here (on my site) and/or here (on the Librarything site).

Would recommend Librarything if you are looking for a way to organize your book collection!

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The Town Square Test

On 20/09/2009, in Thoughts, by Bram

Just came across an old notebook of mine and read the Town square testW written by Nathan SharanskyW:

If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society.

We cannot rest until every person living in a ‘fear society’ has finally won their freedom.

Made me wonder if I am living in a free society or a fear society. I would like to believe I am living in a free society but looking at what’s been going on in the past years under the guise of terrorism protection and such, I am not sure. Maybe we are becoming a fear society?


Had een dag aan inhoudsloze antwoorden kunnen voorkomen als de PM ook zo algemeen zou beschouwen (hier)

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Na het zuur het zoet?

On 17/09/2009, in Miscellaneous, by Bram

Geweldige Fokke & Sukke! (hier)

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