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AUTHOR: William Edgar Borah (1865–1940)
QUOTATION: Without an unfettered press, without liberty of speech, all the outward forms and structures of free institutions are a sham, a pretense—the sheerest mockery. If the press is not free; if speech is not independent and untrammelled; if the mind is shackled or made impotent through fear, it makes no difference under what form of government you live you are a subject and not a citizen. Republics are not in and of themselves better than other forms of government except in so far as they carry with them and guarantee to the citizen that liberty of thought and action for which they were established.
ATTRIBUTION: Senator WILLIAM E. BORAH, remarks in the Senate, April 19, 1917, Congressional Record, vol. 55, p. 837.
SUBJECTS: Freedom of speech