He was now adding a new clause to its pages: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade …." The rectangle of light in the midst of a forest was the window of the cabin of Francisco d’Anconia.
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The new law might abridge our freedom of speech.
I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.