In his Nov. 29 letter, “Opportunists pervert ideologies,” Percival Constantine may fail to appreciate that, historically, the vast majority of “decent, upstanding citizens” went along with the Inquisition, pogroms, the gulags and so on.

What the world needs is not more decent citizens who will do and think as they are told, but free spirits who will question and think for themselves.

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