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31 Notre Dame L. 3 (1955-1956)


I am to discuss some legal aspects of freedom of inquiry versus authority. It raises the issue of free speech; for inquiry is not free - it is confined and frustrated - if one must keep the fruits of inquiry to one's self. The contest between freedom and authority, even in a democracy, is an unequal contest, with the advantage on the side of authority; for authority has power and power has the drop on freedom. This is why eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Freedom has its dangers. There is no doubt about that. The risk is still worth taking.



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