Shouting Fire in A Crowded Theater

Shouting Fire In A Crowded Theater

"Shouting fire in a crowded theater" is a popular metaphor and frequent paraphrasing of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.'s opinion in the United States Supreme Court case Schenck v. United States in 1919. The paraphrasing does not generally include the word falsely, which was originally used and highlights that speech which is dangerous and false, which can be distinguished from that which is truthful but also dangerous. The quote is used as an example of speech which is claimed to serve no conceivable useful purpose and is extremely and imminently dangerous, as they held distributing fliers in opposition to a military draft to be, so that resort to the courts or administrative procedures is not practical and expresses the permissible limitations on free speech consistent with the terms of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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... a theatre and warns the audience that there are not enough fire exits ... Hitchens parodied the Holmes judgement by opening "FIRE! Fire, fire.. ... fire ...

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