The Liberal Club has again turned to the cause of free speech. It acted without regard to political belief in lending financial aid to secure adequate trial for the thirty-three Michigan radicals, one of whose cases is soon to be heard before the Supreme Court. This decision will determine the constitutionality of a law, which penalizes a radical for a wide range of ambiguous offenses. Upon this judgement hangs the future of freedom of assemblage in the half-dozen states where such laws still stand.
The war hysteria for the repression of minorities is dying a hard death, Employers still find public support for the breaking of strikes through resort to laws against criminal syndicalism. Any protest by labor unions is proof positive of the spread of sinister influence. And if cries are heard from the red or yellow press--the more need for stern suppression.
Vital as is the disbarment of this law, only public education will assure the maintenance of America's fundamental rights. And any majority, however much annoyed by the proddings of dissent, must face the unanswerable logic of Mill's plea for free speech: majorities may be wrong; and when they are right, they can best prove it by letting the minority talk.