Archive for July, 2010

Quote of the day, July 31

July 31, 2010

Sir William Blackstone, from the Commentaries (1769)

“The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state; but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications, and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2010

James Madison to W. T. Barry (1822)

“The liberal appropriations made by the Legislature of Kentucky for a general system of Education cannot be too much applauded. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 29

July 29, 2010

Thomas Jefferson, on freedom of the press (1823)

“The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 28

July 28, 2010

Walter Cronkite, on freedom the press (1980)

“A democracy ceases to be a democracy if its citizens do not participate in its governance. (more…)

Quote of the day, July 27

July 27, 2010

Justice Hugo Black, The Pentagon Papers (1971)

The following is an excerpt from Justice Hugo Black’s majority opinion in the Pentagon Papers (New York Times v. the United States): (more…)