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"Grist For The Mill"
Resurrecting Canadian Democracy

column by Ed Goertzen of Oshawa

Articles submitted by Ed Goertzen of Oshawa for his column in Dialogue magazine: Resurrecting Canadian Democracy

Autumn 2014 - Speech by Alexander Hamilton in defense of freedom of the press, at the 1735 trial of John Peter Senger - with Ed's comment:

I support the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) assistance to Arthur (Topham) - - Ed Goertzen
Following is a speech I would recommend we all read: Note the date (1735).

The right to that freedom originated to protect those who are critical of elected persons’ malfeasance.
“QUOTE: Power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within its bounds, it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes. If, then, this be the nature of power, let us at least do our duty, and, like wise men who value freedom, use our utmost care to support liberty, the only bulwark against lawless power, which, in all ages, has sacrificed to its wild lust and boundless ambition the blood of the best men that ever lived.”

Regards, Ed Goertzen


Recent columns by Mr. Goertzen will be added in the near future.


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QUOTES

"The civilized have created the wretched, quite coldly and deliberately, and do not intend to change the status quo; are responsible for their slaughter and enslavement; rain down bombs on defenseless children whenever and wherever they decide that their "vital interests" are menaced, and think nothing of torturing a man to death: these people are not to be taken seriously when they speak of the 'sanctity' of human life, or the 'conscience' of the civilized world." - James Baldwin, Source: page 489 of COLLECTED ESSAYS (1998), from chapter one of "The Devil Finds Work" (orig. pub. 1976)

"Since world war two we've managed to create history's first truly global empire. This has been done by the corporatocracy, which are a few men and women who run our major corporations and in doing so also run the U.S. government and many other governments around the world." - John Perkins, 2005, author of the book titled 'Confessions of and Economic Hit Man' 

In the struggle of Good against Evil, it's always the people who get killed. - Eduardo Galeano  

"It's not enough to have lived. We should be determined to live for something. May I suggest that it be creating joy for others, sharing what we have for the betterment of personkind, bringing hope to the lost and love to the lonely." - Leo Buscaglia, author and university professor (1924-1998) 

The above quotes are from ICH on Dec. 18-19, 2015: InformationClearingHouse

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