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Trump and Freedom of the Press

I am uncertain when or why I picked up a collection of four books titled The World’s Greatest Thinkers. Subjects range from The Man and Spirit- to Man and the Universe- to Man and Man- and lastly- Man and the State. These volumes were collecting dust in the bookcase for several years.
I am unsure what caused me to chose the volume titled Man and the State. Nevertheless, I choose it and randomly opened to a page. I opened the book to Chapter II and the subject was Of the Liberty of Thought and Discourse. Written by John Stuart Mills.
Taking liberty with his writings. He penned the following: The time, it is to be hoped, is gone by, when any defense would be necessary of “the Liberty of the press” as one of the securities against the corrupt or tyrannical government. No argument, we may suppose, can now be needed against permitting a legislature or executive, not identified in interest with the people, to prescribe opinions to them, and determine what doctrines or what arguments they will be allowed to hear. This aspect question, besides, has been so often triumphantly enforced by preceding writers, that it need not be specifically insisted on in this place.
John Stuart Mills was born in 1806 and died in 1873. Mills was thinking about Freedom of the Press over 150 years ago. In his discourses he warned the people about the dangers of allowing Freedom of the Press to be trampled on by anyone or any government. Here we are today, faced with the very thing about what Mills cautioned.  It is extremely important that we heed his warnings. It is time we take some time and closely look at what Trump and his cronies are doing. Who are his cronies. For starters, look at Fox News and its financial network. There is constant rhetoric to try and silence and shape what is presented to the public. They are using the same tactics used by Hitler and the Third Reich. What will it take to awaken the people to what is taking place? There is a significant segment of Americans who are mesmerized by Trump’s antics. Some suggest say they are in a hypnotic state.
It is important that we stop running out and buying books written by so called writers of today and pick up books written by real “THINKERS.” instead of picking up a book by Limbaugh, consider one by John Stewart Mills. Instead of reading the writings of Hannity, consider John Locke. Instead of reading books by Ann Coulter, consider Thomas Hobbs. Instead of reading and believing writers whose opinions have not withstood the test of time, pick up and read books by the likes of Rousseau or Adam Smith. Do not hesitate to pick up writings by Dunbar, Plato, DuBois, Douglas, Holtzclaw, Socrates Franklin etc.  There is much to be learned by reading and absorbing what philosophers of old thought and how they arrived at their conclusions. Of utmost importance-Theirs writings and positions on a variety of subjects have withstood the test of time.

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April 23, 2018 Posted by | Conservative Propaganda machine, Conservative Talk Radio, Donald Trump, Freedom of the Press, Glenn Beck, Hannity & Boortz, Limbaugh, Politics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment