Progress generally begins in skepticism about accepted truths. Intellectual freedom means the right to reexamine much that has been long taken for granted. A free man must be a reasoning man, and he must dare to doubt what a legislative or electoral majority may most passionately assert. The danger that citizens will think wrongly is serious, but less dangerous than atrophy from not thinking at all.

Justice Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954) US Supreme Court Justice
American Communications Association v. Douds, 339 U.S. 382 (1950)
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