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Freedom of Silence: De Tocqueville Was Right

~ a poem

Jan 13, 2019

Free to speak, but not to dissent,
Lest the ravages of popular ire draw.
Loathsome revenge by hurled epithet;
Grinds thinkers to cud in its maw.

 

Once a majority is irrevocably pronounced
A formidable belt cinches tight about thought.
The orator is welcome in that sphere to announce,
But beyond those borders misery is wrought.

 

Perpetually this mass adores its opinion
And, though no legal condemnations apply,
No voice dares rise in opposition.
No protester is tempted to try.

 

And the thinker, so abused, withdraws to silence,
As if in remorse for having spoken truth.
Even great geniuses are brought to compliance;
Cast aside for intellectuals illiberal and obtuse.

 

Chains and executioners are coarse, indeed,
Tools of tyrants formerly refined.
This new despotism is of a different breed;
It is a dictatorship of one’s very mind.

 

No spark of brilliance can long exist
When freedom of discourse is so condemned.
And, in this shining beacon of the West
There exists no such freedom, my friend.

John H. Doyle is an attorney, farmer and father of five young children. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law, John launched his legal career in the corporate and securities group of a large law firm in Washington, DC, before starting his own practice representing technology companies as in-house counsel. Along the way John married his high school sweetheart, Joan, who brought him back to Maine; the place her family has called home since before the Revolutionary War. John, Joan and their children now carry on the tradition of farming at the historic family homestead.

 
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