Academic Freedom: Good Guys' Dilemma

Voltaire said, in essence, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"; but Mr. Justice Holmes added that the right of free speech ends when a man falsely cries "Fire!" in a crowded theater. How should good guys apply these limits to bad guys like Alabama's Governor George Wallace? Should he, for example, be given a forum at Yale?

The reply of Yale's Acting President Kingman Brewster Jr. to that question, put up to him by the school's Political Union, was no—it would...

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