Craig R. Smith Quote

“Protection of political speech advanced two important democratic goals: 1) an informed citizenry that would be capable of making educated decisions on matters of public concern, and 2) a free and open marketplace of ideas wherein the truth would ultimately prevail… Only through a vigorous and spirited public debate could citizens be educated about the actions of their government and react responsibly.”

~ Craig R. Smith

All Speech Is Created Equal, 1986

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Democratic goals can be summed up in despotic rule by the mob. Truly informed individual sovereigns can make educated choices (an informed citizenry is a herd of inferiors told what their master want them to hear). A free and open market place of ideas is a concept of where truth (etc.) may be hopefully found.

E Archer, NYC

That's all well and good, but it still requires the citizen to inform him/herself and to "react responsibly."


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