THE SUPREME COURT: Liberty v. License


One of the shrillest charges of professional calamity howlers is that civil liberties are in danger in the U.S. Actually, no issue is more cherished by Americans—or more zealously guarded by the courts—than the rights of citizens under the law. But the line between liberty and license is often a hairbreadth.

Last week the Supreme Court ruled on three cases, all involving the right of free speech. "The issues in these cases," wrote Justice Felix Frankfurter, "concern living law in some of its most delicate aspects." The three cases:

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