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Many CEOs and leaders think that silence is indeed golden, that consensus is bliss. It is - sometimes. But more often what it signifies is that there are no respected processes for surfacing concerns and dissent.
During President George W. Bush's two terms, you couldn't drive far without seeing a particular bumper sticker: 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.'
Bring it on. Dissent is central to any democracy.
Just as the Internet drops transaction and collaboration costs in business and government, it also drops the cost of dissent, of rebellion, and even insurrection.
A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
I study how governments seek to stifle and control online dissent.
Feminism is dead. The movement is absolutely dead. The women's movement tried to suppress dissident voices for way too long. There's no room for dissent.
Managing dissent is about recognizing the value of disagreement, discord and difference.
The Democrats handle dissent by isolating it, smearing it and delegitimizing it in order to crush it.
I tell young teachers who are determined to dissent from some of the Draconian aspects of the current orthodoxy that the best form of protection is to be incredibly good at what you do and keep good discipline in class.
In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith.
J. William Fulbright
Nations need to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, and India's tradition of dissent and democratic debate is a positive aspect.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter
In contrast, fear societies are societies in which dissent is banned.
It's much easier to make jokes about sensitive issues if there is some dissent, some conflict.
You'll often hear the left lecture about the importance of dissent in a free society.
Liberation movements - operating surreptitiously and conspiratorially - thrive on discipline and suspicion, and punish deviation or dissent.
Will dissent be permitted? The answer to that question will determine whether the society is a free society or a fear society.
Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth. Stifle dissent and you end that journey.
John Charles Polanyi
Neither with those nor with the others, with all I agree and dissent; in all part of truth and part of error must be seen.
We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion.
You know, when we get to a point in this country where dissent is extremism, we've turned, I think, a very dark page in our history. And I don't want us to go there. I encourage Americans and I'm - right now, to go to these town hall meetings, to - to talk to your Congressmen, the people that you elected.
The human rights record within China seems to rise and fall over time, but it's very clear that in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and since then, there's been a greater intolerance of dissent and the human rights record of China has been going in the wrong direction.
People may believe that there can be a society where dissent is not permitted, but which is nonetheless not a fear society because everyone agrees with one another and therefore no one wants to dissent.
Our young people - and adults - should be aware that considerable dissent exists in the scientific world regarding the validity of molecules-to-man evolution.
The real truth is, I just want to keep the voice of dissent alive in all of our elections. I don't really want to hang out with politicians.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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