"Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or controul the Right of another: And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only Bounds it ought to know.
This sacred Privilege is so
essential to free Goverments, that the Security of Property, and the
Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries
where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing
else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must
begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech; a Thing terrible to Publick
Traytors." ~ Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, No. 8 Jul 9, 1722.