What Persecution We Raise

The argument for free trade was won by Richard Cobden and the Anti-Corn Law League in the 1840s. But winning the argument is something different from winning the fight, and the campaign for free trade continues, against the headwinds of bigotry and ignorance, to this day. The argument for free speech has had a similar career. John Milton delivered the knockout punch for freedom of expression in 1644, in a famous speech known as “Areopagitica.” But the war on the private mind and its...

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