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Adlai Stevenson – Eternal vigilance requires eternal self-examination

May 29, 2014

“Democracy is not self-executing. We have to make it work, and to make it work we have to understand it. Sober thought and fearless criticism are impossible without critical thinkers and thinking critics. Democracy’s need for wisdom will remain as perennial as its need for liberty. Not only eternal vigilance, but unending self-examination must be the perennial price of liberty, because the work of self-government never ceases.”

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