Jul 04

Independence Day and the Value of Dissent in America

Each year on the morning of July 4th, NPR hosts, reporters and newscasters take turns reading aloud sections of the Declaration of Independence. It is a stirring tribute that offers us an oft-needed reminder of the struggles of a newly independent United States of America against tyranny and oppression. You can listen to the entire text below.

Next, watch the following clip from a session at the Aspen Ideas Festival from 2008 that speaks to the significance of the Declaration of Independence and how patriotism and dissent often go hand in hand in order to root out intolerance and injustice.

The Value of Dissent and the Efforts of Past Patriots from The Aspen Institute and The Aspen Institute on FORA.tv

Happy Independence Day!

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    1. Brandt Hardin

      On Independence Day we should celebrate our Constitutional
      Rights and Freedoms which so many men and women have fought for- including
      Freedom of Speech, Religion, Assembly and Press.  The art of film has been one of the most
      powerful vessels for conveying the importance of these rights.  Check out the Top 10 Movies of All Time about
      FREEDOM on a special 4th of July post today at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/07/top-10-movies-of-all-time-about-freedom.html
      to see some impassioned portrayals of our basic rights.

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