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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Quote of the Week - Justice Wm O. Douglas

"The function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger." -- Justice William O. Douglas (from here)

2 comments:

George Patsourakos said...

I agree with Justice William Douglas that the function of free speech is to invite dispute.

Free speech also should allow for an exchange of ideas.

The most important requirement for free speech is that all sides are given a chance to express their viewpoints.

Alice C. Linsley said...

It is the ideal of the American Republic, but many voices are not heard these days. Justice Douglas himself would have a hard time being heard in the present climate of shouting and banner waving.