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Ill Literacy, Episode 62: Free Speech (Guest: Jacob Mchangama)

April 7, 2022

In Episode 62 of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Jacob Mchangama, author of “Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Jacob Mchangama, founder and executive director of the Danish think tank Justitia, to discuss Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media. They chat about the legal, political, and cultural history of this idea, why elites fear new communications technologies, and how we have recently departed a Golden Age for free speech and have now entered into a free speech recession.

Get the book here:  https://www.basicbooks.com/titles/jacob-mchangama/free-speech/9781541620339/

Show Notes:

Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech (PODCAST)

https://www.freespeechhistory.com/

Areo: Daniel James Sharp – “The First Freedom: Free Speech: A History by Jacob Mchangama”

https://areomagazine.com/2022/03/17/the-first-freedom-free-speech-a-history-by-jacob-mchangama/

Cato Institute: Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media (VIDEO)

https://www.cato.org/events/free-speech-history-socrates-social-media

Christian Science Monitor: Tara Adhikari – “Why this author says free speech is needed now more than ever”

https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Author-Q-As/2022/0307/Why-this-author-says-free-speech-is-needed-now-more-than-ever

C-SPAN: Free Speech (VIDEO)

https://www.c-span.org/video/?518005-1/free-speech

Foreign Affairs: Jacob Mchangama – “The War on Free Speech”

https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/world/2022-02-09/war-free-speech-censorship

The Volokh Conspiracy: Eugen Volokh – “Jacob Mchangama, "Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media," and Milton's Curse”

https://reason.com/volokh/2022/02/10/jacob-mchangama-free-speech-a-history-from-socrates-to-social-media-and-miltons-curse/

Wall Street Journal: Jonathan Marks – “‘Free Speech’ Review: How Dare You Say Such Things”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/free-speech-review-how-dareyou-say-such-things-11644446514
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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department.
TBenson@heartland.org @HeartlandGR