Justice Thomas on the ‘Bravery That Is Required to Secure Freedom’

In marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of Justice Clarence Thomas’s nomination to the Supreme Court, lawyers and writers have rightly celebrated the judge’s remarkable judicial opinions, especially the concurrences in dissents in which JThomas criticizes the Court for failing to vindicate the Framers’ original vision of constitutional liberty and limited government.
In my own contribution to this discussion, however, I tried to focus not just on his mind and voice, but also his courage.
And on matters of courage, there is nothing for a commentator to say that can compete with Thomas’s own words. In 2001, he received the American Enterprise Institute’s Francis Boyer Award (now known as the Irving Kristol Award), and gave the keynote speech at AEI’s annual dinner.

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