2021 April 16
"If we don’t believe in freedom
of expression for people we despise,
we don’t believe in it at all."
"I may not agree with what you say,
but to the death I will defend your right to say it."
"We must protect the right of our opponents to speak
because we must hear what they have to say."
2021 April 15
"Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for oneself
the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and
the exercise of choice, a man is not a man but a member,
an instrument, a thing."
"When we lose
the right to be different,
the privilege to be free."
"Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much.
That would be a mere shadow of freedom.
The test of its substance is the right to differ
as to things that touch the heart of the existing order."
2021 April 14
"To the size of the state there is a limit,
as there is to plants, animals and implements,
for none of these retain their facility
when they are too large."
"True liberty cannot exist apart from the full rights of property,
for property is the only crystallized form of free faculties...
The whole meaning of socialism is a systematic glorification of force...
No literary phrases about social organisms are potent enough to evaporate
the individual, who is the prime, indispensable, irreducible element."
"There is in all of us a strong disposition
to believe that anything lawful is also legitimate.
This belief is so widespread that many persons have erroneously
held that things are 'just' because the law makes them so."
2021 April 13
"Under the privilege of the First Amendment
many, many ridiculous things are said."
"Bear in mind this sacred principle,
that though the will of the majority
is in all cases to prevail,
that will to be rightful must be reasonable;
that the minority possess their equal rights,
which equal law must protect,
and to violate would be oppression."
"..the Bill of Rights does not come from the people
and is not subject to change by majorities.
It comes from the nature of things.
It declares the inalienable rights of man
not only against all government
but also against the people collectively."
2021 April 12
"If freedom of speech is taken away,
then dumb and silent we may be led,
like sheep to the slaughter."
"The justification and the purpose of freedom of speech
is not to indulge those who want to speak their minds.
It is to prevent error and discover truth.
There may be other ways of detecting error and
discovering truth than that of free discussion,
but so far we have not found them."
"Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly
as when they discuss it freely."