Zechariah Chafee

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Zechariah Chafee, Jr. (December 7, 1885February 8, 1957) was an American judicial philosopher and civil libertarian. An advocate for free speech, he was described by Senator Joseph McCarthy as "dangerous" to the United States.


  • Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man's nose begins.
    • "Freedom of Speech in Wartime", 32 Harvard Law Review 932, 957 (1919). (Various permutations of this quote have been incorrectly attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.).
  • Speech should be fruitful as well as free.
    • "Freedom of Speech as I See It Today", Journalism Quarterly, vol. 18 (June 1941), p. 158.

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