H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken, (1880-1956) American Journalist, Editor, Essayist, Linguist, Lexicographer, and Critic

H. L. Mencken Quote

“I believe there is a limit beyond which free speech cannot go, but it's a limit that's very seldom mentioned. It's the point where free speech begins to collide with the right to privacy. I don't think there are any other conditions to free speech. I've got a right to say and believe anything I please, but I haven't got a right to press it on anybody else. .... Nobody's got a right to be a nuisance to his neighbors.”

H. L. MenckenH. L. Mencken
~ H. L. Mencken

Ratings and Comments

E Archer, NYC

Mencken had no idea that one day the very medium we write notes upon would be spying back at us.  Apparently there is no right to be private or anonymous.

Mike, Norwalk

Rights i.e., inalienable rights include “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, ⋯ or the right of the people peaceably to assemble ⋯” (Bill of Rights I) Privacy would here include the inalienable right to express without outside third party interference. If Congress has not passed it (rule, statute, edict, etc.) the "executive can not act on it and the judiciary can not address it! ! ! The occupying statist theocracy (establishment of religion) now infesting this land, being an anathema to natural / common law, inalienable rights and liberty, displays its demonic doctrine by restricting or otherwise closing competing religious expressions while allowing its churches (abortion clinics, casinos, privileged intoxicant vendors, etc.) to remain open.


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