Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.
The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice of government suppression of embarrassing information.
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
Where suspicion fills the air and holds scholars in line for fear of their jobs, there can be no exercise of the free intellect. Supineness and dogmatism take the place of inquiry. A problem can no longer be pursued to its edges. Fear stalks the classroom. The teacher is no longer a stimulant to adventurous thinking; she becomes instead a pipe line for safe and sound information. A deadening dogma takes the place of free inquiry. Instruction tends to become sterile; pursuit of knowledge is discouraged; discussion often leaves off where it should begin.
Among the liberties of citizens that are guaranteed are …
- the right to believe what one chooses,
- the right to differ from his neighbor,
- the right to pick and choose the political philosophy he likes best,
- the right to associate with whomever he chooses,
- the right to join groups he prefers …
The Constitution is not neutral. It was designed to take the government off the backs of people.