Freedom for the Thought That We Hate is a 2007 non-fiction book by
Anthony Lewis about freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of
thought, and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Lewis discusses key free speech case law, including U.S. Supreme Court
opinions in United States v. Schwimmer (1929), New York Times Co. v.
Sullivan (1964), and New York Times Co. v. United States (1971). The
book's title is drawn from the dissenting opinion by Associate Justice
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (pictured) in United States v. Schwimmer, who
wrote: "if there is any principle of the Constitution that more
imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of
free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom
for the thought that we hate." The book was positively received by The
New York Times, Harvard Magazine, Nat Hentoff, two National Book Critics
Circle members, and Kirkus Reviews. Jeremy Waldron criticized the work
in The New York Review of Books and elaborated on this in The Harm in
Hate Speech (2012). This prompted a critical analysis of both works in
The New York Review of Books by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Ottoman wars in Europe: Ottoman forces under Bayezid I
defeated a Christian alliance led by Sigismund of Hungary in the Battle
of Nicopolis near present-day Nikopol, Bulgaria.
Peking opera (performer pictured) was born when the Four Great
Anhui Troupes introduced Anhui opera to Beijing in honor of the Qianlong
Emperor's eightieth birthday
An explosion of badly degraded propellant charges on board the
French battleship Liberté detonated the forward ammunition magazines
and destroyed the ship.
In one of the largest prison escapes in British history, 38
Provisional Irish Republican Army prisoners hijacked a prison meals
lorry and smashed their way out of HM Prison Maze in County Antrim,
Shenzhou 7, the third spaceflight of the Chinese space program
and their first to include a spacewalk, launched from the Jiuquan
Satellite Launch Center.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
To satirize or poke fun at.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
I believe that the justification of art is the internal
combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow,
externalized, public manifestations. The purpose of art is not the
release of a momentary ejection of adrenalin but is, rather, the
gradual, lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity.
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