Justice Jackson’s judicial legacy is often best appreciated by examining his views on the right to free expression. He understood that the hallmark of a Constitutional democracy rejects any mandate that citizens submit to a singular, National point of view. In the early 20th century, Jackson had witnessed how democracy was dismantled in Germany’s culturally rich society when the right to free artistic expression through fine art, literature, radio broadcast, music or theatrical presentation was subjugated to the promotion of one National objective.
“The priceless heritage of our society is the unrestricted constitutional right of each member to think as he will. ….It is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error.” Robert H. Jackson, American Communications Association v. Douds, 1950
Please join us for an evening to celebrate all forms of artistic expression and to support the Robert H. Jackson Center. We hope to see you at one of our future events.