Saturday, June 17, 2006

Tribute to a "black sheep"

John V. Denson, an attorney in Opelika, Alabama, and editor of two volumes of essays for the Ludwig von Mises Institute (The Costs of War and Reassessing the Presidency), spoke at LMI last week about “Free Speech and Dissent During Wartime.” The subtitle of his talk was “How I Came to Admire the Black Sheep of the Family.” You see, a cousin of Denson’s, William “Wild Bill” Denson, was unsuccessfully tried in federal court in 1918 for violating the Espionage Act when he criticized President Woodrow Wilson and U.S. entry in WWI. This speech is terrific. Listen to it here.


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