"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" (J. William Fulbright, 1966?)
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It appears that the famous quote comes not from Thomas Jefferson, but in a
paraphrase of what J. WIlliam Fulbright said in 1966 about the Vietnam War.
Fulbright's comments were quite well-known.
Fred Shapiro absolutely should add this, if it's not too late.
_War Critics Merit Respect--Fulbright_
Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file). Chicago, Ill.: Apr 22, 1966. p. A14 (1
Washington, April 21 (UPI)--Sen. J. William Fulbright (D., Ark.) warned
today that America is "succumbing to the arrogance of power" and said those
protesting the Viet Nam war "deserve our sympathy and respect."
The chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee, a leading critic of
American policy in Viet Nam, said the "most valuable public servant" is he who
is "willing to criticize as well as comply."
_An Act of Faith_
"In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith," Fulbright said. "Like
medicine, the test of its value is not its taste but its effects, not how it makes
people feel at the moment, but how it inspires them to act thereafter. ...
Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism, a higher
form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals of national
Fulbright said his question was "whether America can overcome the fatal
arrogance of power" that has at times destroyed great nations.
"Gradually but unmistakably," he said, "we are succumbing to the arrogance
of power...The measure of our falling short is the measure of the patriot's
duty of dissent."
_PAPERBACKS; More than meets the eye _
CLARENCE PETERSEN. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file). Chicago, Ill.: May
30, 1971. p. I9 (1 page) :
_Against the Grain_, edited by Frederick C. Giffin and Ronald D. Smith
(Mentor, $1.50), is a chronological sampling of dissent from Gaius Gracchus, who
defied the rules of ancient Rome, to J. William Fulbright, who in 1966 spoke of
dissent as a "higher form of patriotism."
PAUL WHITELEY. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Apr 15,
1986. p. A30 (1 page)
I agree with a statement made in 1966 by former Senator F. William Fulbright
of Arkansas. He said, "To criticize one's country is to do it a service. ...
Criticism, in short, is more than a right; it is an act of patriotism--a
higher form of patriotism, I believe, than the familiar rituals and national
_The Movement and the Sixties - Page 165_
by Terry H Anderson - 1996 - 544 pages
Senator William Fulbright stated that dissent “is more than a right; it is an
act of patriotism, a higher form of patriotism,” and the New York Times was
_Red, White & Liberal: How Left Is Right & Right Is Wrong - Page 2_
by Alan Colmes - Humor - 2004 - 352 pages
... , “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” Conservatives love to
our forefathers to argue that they are the natural progenitors of the ...
Pg. 2: As Thomas Jefferson said, "Dissent is the highest form of
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