Nov 20, 2007

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on liberty

The liberty of the citizen to do as he likes so long as he does not interfere with the liberty of others to do the same, which has been a shibboleth for some well-known writers, is interfered with by school laws, by the Post Office, by every state or municipal institution which takes his money for purposes thought desirable, whether he likes it or not.

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, dissenting opinion, Lochner v. New York, 198 U.S. 45, 25 S.Ct. 539 (1905)

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