The essence of a free and civilized society

I think that the essence of a free and civilized society is that everything in it should be subject to criticism, that all forms of authority, should be treated with a certain reservation.

— Malcolm Muggeridge

I think that in free societies, and we’re constantly talking about living in free societies, aren’t we, in contradiction with unhappy people who live in non-free societies, that the benefit, the dividend of living in a free society is that you say what you think.

— Malcolm Muggeridge

I hate government. I hate power. I think that man’s existence, insofar as he achieves anything, is to resist power, to minimize power, to devise systems of society in which power is the least exerted.

— Malcolm Muggeridge

One of the many pleasures of old age is giving things up.

— Malcolm Muggeridge

Future historians will surely see us as having created in the media a Frankenstein monster whom no one knows how to control or direct, and marvel that we should have so meekly subjected ourselves to its destructive and often malign influence.

— Malcolm Muggeridge

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