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


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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.

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