Encyc:Free speech

From Encyc

Encyc:Free speech

Complicated topic.

Encyc is not the government. Just a website.

Section 230 - ok to remove content.


Louis Brandeis[edit]

  • "If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence." — Justice Louis Brandeis in the Whitney opinion.


  • "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." - Evelyn Beatrice Hall, about Voltaire's beliefs.

Winston Churchill[edit]

  • The United States is a land of free speech. Nowhere is speech freer - not even here where we sedulously cultivate it even in its most repulsive form.
  • Where there is a great deal of free speech there is always a certain amount of foolish speech.
  • Everyone is in favor of free speech. Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people's idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone else says anything back, that is an outrage.
  • You see these dictators up on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. They're afraid of words and thought. ... They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words. ... A state of society where men may not speak their mind - where children denounce their parents to the police - where a businessman or small shopkeeper ruins his competitor by telling tales about his private opinion. Such a state of society cannot long endure if it is continually in contact with the healthy outside world.

Oliver Wendell Holmes[edit]

"...if there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, United States v. Schwimmer, 1929.


See also[edit]