Free Speech History Podcast

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Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 31 - The Old Regime 

Sep 12, 2019

In Nov. 2018, French President Emanuel Macron declared war on “offensive and hateful content” on the internet. Subsequently, France adopted strict laws against both online hate speech and fake news, which is thought to threaten France’s liberal... Read more

Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 30 - Northern Lights, The Scandinavian Press Freedom Breakthrough 

Aug 23, 2019

In the 1760s and 1770s, Sweden and Denmark-Norway shortly became the epicenter of press freedom protections in Enlightenment Europe.  In 1766, the Swedish Diet passed the Press Freedom Act, making Sweden the first country in the world to provide... Read more

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Episode 29 - The Philosopher King - Enlightened Despotism, part 2, Prussia 

Aug 02, 2019

In his famous essay “What is Enlightenment?” the Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant declared: “[E]nlightenment requires nothing but freedom … to make public use of one’s reason in all matters. Now I hear the cry from all sides: ‘Do not... Read more

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Episode 28 - Writing on Human Skin - Enlightened Despotism, part I, Russia 

Jul 12, 2019

The Enlightenment´s emphasis on science, progress, tolerance and rationality not only attracted philosophers. Even absolute monarchs dreamt of “Enlightenment Now.” But how do you combine enlightenment without undermining the traditions and ideas... Read more

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Episode 27 - How Enlightening 

Jun 21, 2019

data-contrast="auto">After a brief detour into the present, we return to Ground Zero of the Enlightenment in 18th century Europe, with this recap of past episodes and a brief overview of the themes and countries to be explored in the upcoming... Read more