Judge Learned HandJudge Learned Hand, (1872-1961), Judge, U. S. Court of Appeals

Judge Learned Hand Quote

“I believe that the community is already in process of dissolution where each man begins to eye his neighbor as a possible enemy, where non-conformity with the accepted creed, political as well as religious, is a mark of disaffection; where denunciation, without specification or backing, takes the place of evidence, where orthodoxy chokes freedom of dissent; where faith in the eventual supremacy of reason has become so timid that we dare not enter our convictions in the open lists, to win or lose.”

Judge Learned HandJudge Learned Hand
~ Judge Learned Hand

Speech, New York University, 24 October 1952

Ratings and Comments


Bob Lombard, Springfield, VT

Note that nowhere in this quotation does the construction 'or where' appear. Judge Learned Hand describes several symptoms of a single deplorable condition. To select one symptom to represent the whole is an attempt at sophistry.

J Carlton, Calgary

Please report suspicious activity at Wal-Mart to the Department of Homeland Security - http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=5A4B5D4B84344D5D9CBD262A53D8B071 - a morning chuckle and Janet Napolitano spoof.

jim k, Austin, Tx

Hitler and Stalin controled people with fear. The people were afaid of speaking against these tyrants as anyone, even members of their own family could inform on them. The IRS pays people that inform on anyone they suspect of tax violations. What's next ?

Mike, Norwalk

Not shooting the messenger (much like the pot calling the kettle black - his job description includes enhancing the dissolution) the statement is fairly accurate.

E Archer, NYC

I think that is what the State wants, but in fact, there may be more hope than that. Good news doesn't sell -- spreading division and discord is the modus operandi of governments everywhere.

Bill Caloia, Riverside CA

The "eventual supremacy of reason" was dreadfully lacking on election day. The result was the complete establishment of an ineptocracy, where the inept , elected by the majority inept, will continue to destroy this nation.

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