Voices from history

On the freedom to shout fire in a crowded theatre

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes on the use and abuse of that quote.

17 April 2014

‘Let Truth and Falsehood grapple’

John Milton on why a free and open public sphere is the best way to the truth.

2 April 2014

‘Live by the light of your own reason’

John Locke on why no one should blindly resign himself to the will of his rulers.

2 April 2014

‘A free press must be free to question everything’

Karl Marx argues that a free press isn't free when it is forced to conform to the morality of the day.

2 April 2014

Against the tyranny of the majority

John Stuart Mill on why we need to awake from the ‘deep slumber of decided opinion’.