Historically Speaking

Digging through the archives to find yesterday's strongest defenses of free speech and open discourse, occasionally from today's opponents of liberalism.

An excerpt from Justice Louis Brandeis' concurring opinion.
"Freedom of expression, if it is to have any meaning at all, cannot be made dependent on the intellectual or emotional sympathy of the majority."
"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home."
"The remedy is that anyone who regards [R.J. Reynolds'] arguments as false, which we do, remains equally free to say so."
"[I]t is precisely in the case of horrendous ideas that the right of free expression must be most vigorously defended."
"For if men spoke only with the tongues of angels, the diversity of what they said would be diminished; and the discourse through which the democratic…
"The price we pay for the right to express ourselves is the burden of listening to others whose views we hate."
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