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Liberty Quotation of the Day: Brandeis on the Greatest Dangers to Liberty

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Brandeis“Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. ┬áMen born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. ┬áThe greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting, Olmstead v. United States, 277 US 479 (1928)