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Donna Seaman

  • Dissent is essential to democracy, although those who practice it are often accused of being unpatriotic. The idea that patriotism demands passivity and obedience, a following of orders as though citizenship is a form of military service, or as if the state is a church and citizens are required to embrace an unexamined faith, or at least act as though they do, contradicts democratic principles and is out of sync with the structure of our government, which accommodates and even demands debate, and which consists of a system of checks and balances to ensure that power is never absolute. Dissent truly is patriotism in action.

    • Donna Seaman,
    • "In Praise of Dissent," in Speakeasy ()
  • The must touted information age has not made for a more educated and astute public. The truth about the most urgent matter on the planet, the precarious state of the nuclear weapons arsenal and the diabolical ambitions of the captains of the nuclear weapons industry, remains largely unknown, and most people seem to prefer it that way.

    • Donna Seaman,
    • "In Praise of Dissent," in Speakeasy ()
  • Boundless greed, immense hubris, criminal carelessness, rabid dishonesty, utter disregard for life, and a psychotic detachment from reality are endemic at the highest levels of government and industry.

    • Donna Seaman,
    • "In Praise of Dissent," in Speakeasy ()
  • Freedom is not a natural, consistent, or inevitable state of being; it's a construct, a cooperative effort, an ongoing work of art that we must all contribute to and safeguard, lest it be dismantled and erased.

    • Donna Seaman,
    • "In Praise of Dissent," in Speakeasy ()

Donna Seaman, U.S. editor, book critic