Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media

From a Wall Street Journal review by Jonathan Marks of the book by Jacob Mchangama titled “Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media”:

A typical account of free-speech history will begin with John Milton’s 1644 attack on censorship, “Areopagitica.” To those who feared the publication of false and dangerous doctrines, Milton said, in essence, buck up: “Who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?”…

Critical Race Theory Has Gone From Arcane Legal Concept to Threatening Free Speech

From a New York Times story by Jennifer Schuessler headlined “Free Speech Threatened, Group Says”:

Over the past year, critical race theory has gone from arcane legal concept to potent political rallying cry, as Republican legislatures have rushed to introduce bills banning it and other “divisive concepts” in public schools.

The furor over the subject has sown chaotic protests at local school board meetings, and is credited with contributing to last week’s election victory by the Republican Glenn Youngkin, who promised at nearly every campaign stop to ban critical race theory on his first day in office as Virginia’s governor.