Free Speech History Podcast


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Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 22 - Fighting Words - Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Mar 08, 2019

In the second half of the 18th Century American, Patriots showed that freedom of the press was a potent weapon against authority. Not even the world´s most formidable empire could stop them from speaking truth, lies and insults to power. In 1765 the... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 21 - The Bulwark of Liberty - Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part I

Feb 14, 2019

18th century America was impacted and influenced by the so-called Glorious Revolution in the Motherland. And no-one had a bigger impact on American attitudes towards freedom of speech than Cato’s Letters written by the Radical Whigs John Trenchard... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 20 - The Seeds of Enlightenment

Jan 25, 2019

1685 was a watershed year for events that would lead to what we call the Enlightenment. France´s Sun King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes and initiated a policy of religious persecution of Protestants. In England, the Catholic James II assumed... Read more


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Episode 19 – Expert Opinion: Steven Nadler on Spinoza’s ‘book forged in hell” and the right to “think what you like and say what you think”

Jan 03, 2019

Baruch Spinoza (also known as Benedict de Spinoza) was born in Amsterdam in 1632. While his given name means “blessing” in both Hebrew and Latin, Spinoza’s “Theological-political treatise” from 1670 was condemned as “a book forged in... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 18 - Colonial Dissent: Blasphemy, Libel and Tolerance in 17th Century America

Dec 14, 2018

Americans are more supportive of free speech than any other people. 95 % of Americans think it’s “very important” to be able to criticize the government without censorship and 77% support the right to offend religious feelings. But in 17th... Read more

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