A much-cited 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission reads:
> "Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical, minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights, and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society."
America wouldn't be what it is today without the Federalist Papers, which were published under a pseudonym.