Norman Dorsen Quote

“Free speech is essential to education, especially to a liberal education, which encourages the search for truths in art and science. If expression is restricted, the range of inquiry is also curtailed... The beneficiaries of a free society have a duty to pursue the truth and to protect the freedom of expression that makes possible the search for a new enlightenment.”

~ Norman Dorsen

Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

Ratings and Comments


Bill, San Jose, CA

Right on!

Mike, Norwalk

I've given this 5 stars because I'm using the founder's definition of liberal, not Mr. Dorsen's. Mr. Donrsen's definition of liberal eliminates freedom of expression and makes impossible the search for a new enlightenment.

RobertSRQ
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RobertSRQ    12/3/07

Liberalism is that no more no less from our forefathers to our present day Liberals - thank god for them - keep you head high Liberals for without you we would quickly slip into oblivion

E Archer, NYC

A liberal education is a double-edged sword. As usual, each individual will be required to maintain their individuality in the face of collective conditioning.

warren, olathe

Quote is very good. The problem he has is he believes that truth is arbitrary. So why would he believe that you would have to search for it? May be that he is just trying to fool us into thinking he is a visionary just looking out for our best interest with no agenda of his own. Quote is an example of how good things can sound coming from the silvery tongue of a snake.

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