Town square test
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The test is found in Sharansky's book, The Case for Democracy (first published in 2004), and it reads:
- If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society. We cannot rest until every person living in a "fear society" has finally won their freedom.
- Sharansky, Natan; Dermer, Ron (2006), The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny and Terror, Balfour Books, pp. 40–41, ISBN 978-0-89221-644-4
- "My Sharansky" by Chris Suellentrop
- Condoleezza Rice testimony[dead link]
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