Picture from Wikipedia.Thanks to all the soldiers, past, present and future. We owe you a debt of gratitude. Thanks to our American soldiers. Thanks to the Greek soldiers who stood against the Persians. And thanks to the intellectuals and philosophers — soldiers of the mind — who developed the ideas of man’s nature, reason, free will, self-sovereignty, political freedom, individual rights, and constitutional republic on which our lives depend, and without which our soldiers would not be fighting for our freedom, but for our enslavement (by king, dictator, or conquering nation). The intellectuals and philosophers get no to little thanks from most everyone, but yet risked and sometimes suffered ostracism, injury, being hung, drawn and quartered, or death for standing up for the truth.
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Update (2:25 PM): Added “soldiers of the mind;” specified “freedom” as “political freedom;” clarified “enslavement” by adding the parenthetical; specified that some get no thanks “from most everyone.”