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they presented clear and present dangers and the speech should have been repressed. However, he was lenient on the Abrams case because he believed that the leaflets didn’t present any immediate danger, and he became more accepting of free speech and even criticized how it was handled in the federal system. 5. The theories of free speech articulated in the Whitney dissent are essentially that freedom is an indispensable means to the discovery and spread of political truth, that public discussion is a political duty of the citizens, and that repression of political thoughts leads to the ruination of a stable democratic government. 6. I do agree with Justice Brandeis’s opinion that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people, and that public discussion is a political duty, because we live in a representative
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democracy, and we rely on public speech and representation as means to our ends, and we use our freedom of expression to affect statutes, laws, and policies that rule our country. If we were an inert people, freedom would be erroneous and representative democracy would be meaningless. 7. Stromberg v California was significant because it ruled a California law regarding the display of a red flag as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court stated that free speech was a
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  • Fall '11
  • Boufford
  • Law, Democracy, Supreme Court of the United States, First Amendment to the United States Constitution

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