John Kenneth Galbraith Quote

“Under the privilege of the First Amendment many, many ridiculous things are said.”

~ John Kenneth Galbraith

PBS Firing Line, 9 December 1989

Ratings and Comments


E Archer, NYC

Truth has a resonance; it 'rings' true. The process of discernment requires the ability to speak in order to put words to the test -- do they ring or fall flat?

Ronw13, Oregon

Speech becomes a privilege when tyranny rules through an industrialized arm. Gaming of the natal agent when removed from their rural environment. Mass consumerism, quantum easing, illusions of wealth promoting equality.

Mike, Norwalk

No matter the progressive's perception, true rights are inalienable as an inseparable expression of the tangible being while, a privilege is a master's granting of certain special prerogatives to some persons, contrary to particular individual right. The First Amendment address rights, not privileges. On its face, the quote is very accurate - under the false presumption that rights are only mere privilege, many ridiculous things have been said.

E Archer, NYC

I completely overlooked the 'privileged' part. ;-) That changes the context of the whole quote.

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