About FFF

Author » John W. Whitehead

John W. Whitehead is a constitutional attorney, author, and founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He can be contacted at johnw@rutherford.org. This article is a revised version of a piece that originally appeared on the Rutherford Institute website, www.rutherford.org, and is reprinted by permission.

Latest from John W. Whitehead

Know Your Rights or You Will Lose Them

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson We are approaching critical mass, the point at which all hell ...

Free Speech Is Your Right, But It Could Get You Killed

“The freedom of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state.”— Justice William J. Brennan, City of ...

Pay Your Blessings Forward

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”—John F. Kennedy Listen: I know it’s been a hard, heart-wrenching, stomach-churning kind of year. It’s been a year ...

Yet Another Government Weapon for Compliance and Control

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana We never learn. In the right (or wrong) hands, benevolent plans can easily be put to malevolent purposes. Even the most well-intentioned government law or program can be—and ...

America Is on the Brink of a Nervous Breakdown

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the ...

Has America Become a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy?

“The poor and the underclass are growing. Racial justice and human rights are nonexistent. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices. Their intention to rule rests with the annihilation of consciousness. We have been ...

You Want to Make America Great Again?

“If the freedom of speech be taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”—George Washington Living in a representative republic means that each person has the right to take a stand ...

Creating a Suspect Society

“If, as it seems, we are in the process of becoming a totalitarian society in which the state apparatus is all-powerful, the ethics most important for the survival of the true, free, human individual would be: cheat, ...

Empire of Lies

“Back in the heyday of the old Soviet Union, a phrase evolved to describe gullible western intellectuals who came to visit Russia and failed to notice the human and other costs of building a communist utopia. The ...