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Zechariah Chafee

American judicial philosopher and civil libertarian

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.
  • 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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