The Evils it Prevents: DeTocqueville on Liberty of the Press

Alexis de Tocqueville

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Alexis de Tocqueville

I confess that I do not entertain that firm and complete attachment to the liberty of the press which is wont to be excited by things that are supremely good in their very nature. I approve of it from a consideration more of the evils it prevents than of the advantages it ensures.

Source: Alexis de Tocqueville, “Democracy In America,” Volume I, Chapter 11, Liberty of the Press in the United States, published in 1831.

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