A free society cherishes nonconformity. It knows that from the non-conformist, from the eccentric, have come many of the great ideas of freedom. Free society must fertilize the soil in which non-conformity and dissent and individualism can grow
Dissent means not going along or not approving of something, often a point of view that many people have. In the gun control debate one side wants to eliminate guns in America while others dissent, believing that the key is more guns in the hands of responsible citizens. In a democratic society everyone has the right to express dissent and exercise freedom of speech, voicing their views and opinions openly.