There may be, in the absence of censorship, some risk that some persons … may possibly get hurt. But … there is risk — and indeed certainty — that every day many people will be killed by automobiles, and yet we leave automobiles on our streets. … [F]ree speech is surely just as vital to our society as the automobile. Risk there is in all life, and we must take this risk on the side of freedom. That is the glory of our way of life. Censorship is abhorrent to Americanism.

Patrick Murphy Malin (1903-1964.) American civil rights activist and administrator
Testimony before the Gathings (D-Ark) House Committee (5 Dec. 1952)
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