Fire in a crowded theater

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Too few remember the context: Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., invented the line, "yelling fire in a crowded theater" to uphold the illegal persecution of an immigrant who was passing out anti-WWI fliers, under an illegal Espionage Act, in Schenck v. United States. Many parrot the line, without being taught or understanding that it was invented by a racist progressive to abuse minority immigrants for opposing the war.


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