Justice Hugo L. Black Quote

“Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize the oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all... It is plain that anonymity has sometimes been assumed for the most constructive purposes.”

~ Justice Hugo L. Black

Tally v. California, 1960

Ratings and Comments


michael paine, Yuba city, CA

I think it is more important that people do not remain anonymous.

Allen Hacker, Austin TX

Tally was a case about publishing political dissent anonymously, not about being invisible.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Anonymity will be increasingly difficult with the Real ID Act. The FBI/CIA/BATFE will arrest people for what they think, write and say. They will raise their attacks on the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th Amendments.

E Archer, NYC

Unfortunately, sending anonymous communications that challenge the status quo fits the profile of a 'terrorist'. Ever the noose tightens.

Lisa
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Lisa    11/8/13
Mike, Norwalk

Anonymity has its place in the freedom of speech. An aspect of leaving the subject matter to stand or fall on its own without assigning it to an author (cuts down on ad hominems).

Mary-MI
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Mary-MI    3/29/17

The Federalist and the Anti-Federalist Papers were published under pseudonyms to safeguard their authors, as well as to educate and inform the public at large.

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