Democracy needs more free speech for even the speech of foolish people is valuable if it serves to guarantee the right of the wise to talk.
more David Cushman Coyle quotes
It is a seldom proffered argument as to the advantages of a free press that it has a major function in keeping the government itself informed as to what the government is doing.
more Walter Cronkite quotes
This is why political correctness, or Cultural Marxism,… lends itself so fashionably to easy labels. Transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic, racist, bigoted, Uncle Tom, white privilege, mainsplaining. All of these are slapped on people with "politically incorrect" opinions in an attempt to silence you... Hate speech is inextricably tied to political correctness, or Cultural Marxism, and that creates intellectual conformity -- or intellectual authoritarianism. And that’s where you start to see things like “safe spaces” or “trigger warnings” or speakers banned from campus, or people with unpopular opinions banned from social media.
more Steven Crowder quotes
It's important to understand that the idea of political correctness, from its inception, was designed as a political weapon to silence voices of dissent ... today’s social media outrage can be tomorrow’s laws.
more Steven Crowder quotes
Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. 
more Theodore Dalrymple quotes
There is no such crime as a crime of thought; there are only crimes of action.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
The Constitution is a delusion and a snare if the weakest and humblest man in the land cannot be defended in his right to speak and his right to think as much as the strongest in the land.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle – among others – that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error; that in the competition of the marketplace of ideas, the sounder ideas will in the long run win out.
more Elmer Davis quotes
Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that “freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license,” and they will define freedom out of existence.
more Voltarine de Cleyre quotes
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration -- nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
more Michel De Montaigne quotes
It is within the police power of the state to prohibit public use of fighting words that create a danger of breach of the peace, but simply to prohibit public use of fighting words is too broad. Those words may sometimes be used in situations where there is no danger.
more Ithiel De Sola Pool quotes
They certainly are not great writers, but they speak their country's language and they make themselves heard.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
I am far from denying that newspapers in democratic countries lead citizens to do very ill-considered things in common; but without newspapers there would be hardly any common action at all. So they mend many more ills than they cause.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
In order to enjoy the inestimable benefits that the liberty of the press ensures, it is necessary to submit to the inevitable evils it creates…
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There is hardly a congressman prepared to go home until he has at least one speech printed and sent to his constituents, and he won't let anybody interrupt his harangue until he has made all his useful suggestions about the 24 states of the Union, and especially the district he represents.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
Our First Amendment expresses a far different calculus for regulating speech than for regulating nonexpressive conduct and that is as it should be. The right to swing your fist should end at the tip of my nose, but your right to express your ideas should not necessarily end at the lobes of my ears.
more Alan Dershowitz quotes
Students throughout the totalitarian world risk life and limb for freedom of expression, many American college students are demanding that big brother restrict their freedom of speech on campus. This demand for enhanced censorship is not emanating only from the usual corner – the know-nothing fundamentalist right – it is coming from the radical, and increasingly not-so-radical left as well.
more Alan Dershowitz quotes
Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent…The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words.
more John G. Diefenbaker quotes
I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.
more John G. Diefenbaker quotes
If you say to people that they, as a matter of fact, can’t protect their conversations, in particular their political conversations, I think you take a long step toward making a transition from a free society to a totalitarian society.
more Whitfield Diffie quotes
Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
more Dionysius, the Elder quotes
[Tyranny is] to compel men not to think as they do, to compel men to express thoughts that are not their own.
more Milovan Djilas quotes
Free speech is essential to education, especially to a liberal education, which encourages the search for truths in art and science. If expression is restricted, the range of inquiry is also curtailed... The beneficiaries of a free society have a duty to pursue the truth and to protect the freedom of expression that makes possible the search for a new enlightenment.
more Norman Dorsen quotes
It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of. Taking a new step, uttering a new word.
more Fyodor Dostoyevsky quotes
It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.
more Justice William O. Douglas quotes
The framers of the constitution knew human nature as well as we do. They too had lived in dangerous days; they too knew the suffocating influence of orthodoxy and standardized thought. They weighed the compulsions for restrained speech and thought against the abuses of liberty. They chose liberty.
more Justice William O. Douglas quotes
The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice of government suppression of embarrassing information.
more Justice William O. Douglas quotes
The function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it invites a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger. Speech is often provocative and challenging. It may strike at prejudices and preconceptions and have profound unsettling effects as it passes for acceptance of an idea.
more Justice William O. Douglas quotes
The First and Fourteenth Amendments say that Congress and the States shall make “no law” which abridges freedom of speech or of the press. In order to sanction a system of censorship I would have to say that “no law” does not mean what it says, that “no law” is qualified to mean “some” laws. I cannot take this step.
more William O. Douglas quotes
Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.
more Frederick Douglass quotes
When books are challenged, restricted, removed, or banned, an atmosphere of suppression exists…. The fear of the consequences of censorship is as damaging as, or perhaps more damaging than, the actual censorship attempt. After all, when a published work is banned, it can usually be found elsewhere. Unexpressed ideas, unpublished works, unpurchased books are lost forever.
more Robert P. Doyle quotes
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.
more Will Durant quotes
‘Balanced’ is a code for ‘denied’: a right to free speech that must be ‘balanced’ against so exhaustive a list of other supposed values means a right that can be exercised only when those in power judge that the speech in question is innocuous to them.
more Ronald Dworkin quotes
This article will probably be photocopied and passed around the offices of exactly the same organizations that queue up to denounce copyright theft.
more The Economist quotes
We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.
more Barbara Ehrenreich quotes
By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true.
more Albert Einstein quotes
The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb. This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.
more Albert Einstein quotes
Don’t join the book burners. Don’t think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed.
more Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes
It is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedom’s defenses are found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.
more Dwight D. Eisenhower quotes
Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
more Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes
The function of the censor is to censor. He has a professional interest in finding things to suppress.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
It is frequently said that speech that is intentionally provocative and therefore invites physical retaliation can be punished or suppressed. Yet, plainly no such general proposition can be sustained. Quite the contrary…. The provocative nature of the communication does not make it any the less expression. Indeed, the whole theory of free expression contemplates that expression will in many circumstances be provocative and arouse hostility. The audience, just as the speaker, has an obligation to maintain physical restraint.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
Suppression of expression conceals the real problems confronting a society and diverts public attention from the critical issues. It is likely to result in neglect of the grievances which are the actual basis of the unrest, and this prevent their correction.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
The Right of all members of society to form their own beliefs and communicate them freely to others must be regarded as an essential principle of a democratically organized society.
more Thomas I. Emerson quotes
To open his lips is crime in a plain citizen.
more Quintus Ennius quotes
The beginning of philosophy is the recognition of the conflict between opinions.
more Epictetus quotes
It shall be unlawful for any public secondary school which receives Federal financial assistance and which has a limited open forum, to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting within that limited open forum on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meeting.
more Equal Access Act quotes
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