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11 August 2010



I believe that a lot of the thinking around freedom of speech originated during the 17th century English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution. Freedom of Speech was first prescribed in the English Bill of Rights of 1689.

Political writers of the time might have pithy statements in support of free speech... perhaps Locke, Hobbes, or Milton?

David McGinnis

it might be worth checking out chapter 15 of The Ethics of Liberty by Murray Rothbard

"a person does not have a "right to freedom of speech"; what he does have is the right to hire a hall and address the people who enter the premises. He does not have a "right to freedom of the press"; what he does have is the right to write or publish a pamphlet, and to sell that pamphlet to those who are willing to buy it (or to give it away to those who are willing to accept it). Thus, what he has in each of these cases is property rights, including the right of free contract and transfer which form a part of such rights of ownership. There is no extra "right of free speech" or free press beyond the property rights that a person may have in any given case."

Ann Zerkle

Thanks for the suggestions! I've got them on my list to check out. I'm hoping this will help me form ideas for future curriculums. I'll be sure to report back as I find interesting things.

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