It is very difficult for most Americans to look at a bunch of scruffy men and women marching behind Viet Cong flags and see anything but red. But this does not mean that protest itself is an enemy of the state. Protest is essential to the state, and the freedom to protest is a most vital way of protecting freedom itself. Freedom is not won all at once — it is got bit by bit, dearly, and it is held by an endless succession of fierce, often unpopular fights waged by men who seem at times to be fighting against the good of the nation. The nation must tolerate dissent in the faith that although the majority should and will rule, they should never be cut off from the critical response of the minority.
—“Why Demonstrations?” Editorial, May 20, 1967
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