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.
If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
Honest difference of views and honest debate are not disunity. They are the vital process of policy among free men.
Isn’t it strange that we talk least about the things we think about most?
The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and … the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression, and obedience.
The political left’s attempts to silence ideas they cannot, or will not, debate are a confession of intellectual bankruptcy.
It [freedom] is a thing of the spirit. Men must be free to worship, to think,
to hold opinions, to speak without fear. They must be free to challenge wrong and oppression with the surety of justice.
No danger flowing from speech can be deemed clear and present unless the incidence of the evil apprehended is so imminent that it may befall before there is an opportunity for full discussion. Only an emergency can justify repression.
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