Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
~ Louis D. Brandeis
This quote is part of his dissent in the case “Olmstead v. United States”, 277 U.S. 438 (1928) … Fastcase Subscription Required