Whoever can speak, speaking now to the whole nation, becomes a power, a branch of government, with inalienable weight in law-making, in all acts of authority. It matters not what rank he has, what revenues or garnitures: the requisite thing is that he have a tongue which others will listen to; this and nothing more is requisite.
Thomas Carlyle, Lectures On Heroes and Hero Worship, reflecting on the consequence of a prior assertion on the primacy of Print underlying the Fourth Estate: “Printing, which comes necessarily out of Writing, I say often, is equivalent to Democracy: invent Writing, Democracy is inevitable.”
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