Quote of the Day 5-10115 (Vlotairine de Cleyre)

Posted: May 10, 2015 in Anarchism, Civil Liberties, Quotations
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de Cleyre

“Make no laws whatever concerning speech and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that ‘freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license’; and they will define and define freedom out of existence. Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man’s determination to use it, and we shall have no need of paper declarations. On the other hand, so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; . . .”

–Voltairine de Cleyre, “Anarchism and American Traditions”

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