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Freedom of movement is the very essence of our free society -- once the right to travel is curtailed, all other rights suffer.
A people who extend civil liberties only to preferred groups start down the path either to dictatorship of the right or the left.
Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like.
Once the government can demand of a publisher the names of the purchasers of his publication, the free press as we know it disappears. Then the spectre of a government agent will look over the shoulder of everyone who reads. ... Fear of criticism goes with every person into the bookstall. The subtle, imponderable pressures of the orthodox lay hold. Some will fear to read what is unpopular, what the powers-that-be dislike. ... fear will take the place of freedom in the libraries, book stores, and homes in the land.
Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
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