04/20/2014 12:29 pm ET Updated Apr 20, 2014

Scalia Suggests Students 'Revolt' If Taxes Get Too High

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia told law students that they should consider a "revolt" if taxes become too high.

While speaking last week at the University of Tennessee's College of Law, Scalia was asked by a law student whether he believes the income tax is constitutional.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Scalia told the student that the government does have a constitutional right to tax income.

“But if [it] reaches [a] certain point, perhaps you should revolt," Scalia added.

As the News Sentinel reports, Scalia's talk covered a range of topics, including his decision to side with the majority in Texas v. Johnson, the 1989 decision that said flag burning is protected speech under the First Amendment.

“You're entitled to criticize the government, and you can use words, you can use symbols, you can use telegraph, you can use morse code, you can burn a flag," he said. "It’s all expression and it’s all covered by the First Amendment."

Scalia's lecture was part of a two-day visit to the law school. According to the university, Scalia also visited the school in 1990.



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