Sunday, July 30, 2006

Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard.

[T]he freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch on the heart of the existing order.

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion, or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us.

--Robert H. Jackson

2 comments:

Stefanie said...

Nice quote. Someone should email it to all of our government officials.

sfp said...

Quote a Supreme Court Justice who believed in limiting governmental power? I'm sure they'd find him downright treasonous.