“Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly. Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears.”

—Louis Brandeis, concurring opinion in Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 376 (1925).

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Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

 

Sources:

https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/274/357/case.html

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/274/357

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