Democracy Ain’t Easy

“Democracy can be inconvenient and it can be kind of expensive. And the First Amendment can be very inconvenient. A lot of people don’t like freedom of speech. I mean, a lot of politicians would like it if there were no freedom of speech. Their lives might be much simpler. But look, that’s the price we pay for a living democracy. And particularly at a time like now when so much money is entering politics, we’ve got to guard these free speech rights of ordinary people and students and citizens more carefully than ever before.” – Robert Reich, U.C. Berkeley professor and former Labor Secretary under President Clinton, on protecting constitutional rights in light of the crackdown on Occupy Wall Street.


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