LEARNED HAND, retired chief judge of the Second Circuit United States
Court of Appeals, speaking before the annual meeting in New York of the
American Jewish Committee.
WHY is it that totalitarianisms arouse our deepest hostility? The best
answer is not so much in their immoral quality as in the fact that they
are inherently unstable because they are at war with our only
trustworthy way of living in accord with the facts. For it is only by
trial and error, by insistent scrutiny and by readiness to re-examine
presently accredited conclusions that we...
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