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Liberty and Prosperity
The Boldness of Junius Mauricus
Pliny admired Julius Mauricus because he spoke his
mind, and Emperor Nerva because he let him.
by Pliny the Younger ?62-?114
The Second World War
In a Christmas broadcast in 1940, actor Leslie Howard explained why British sovereignty was worth fighting for.
by Leslie Howard 1893-1943
John Stuart Mill
The Decencies of Debate
Abusive language, straw-man arguments and downright ‘fake news’ should have no place in civilised debate, but censoring them is far worse.
by John Stuart Mill 1806-1873
Free Speech and Conscience
The Firstborn Liberty
John Milton (of ‘Paradise Lost’ fame) urged Parliament not to fall into bad old habits of censorship, whatever their fears may be.
by John Milton 1632-1704
The ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688
King James II was forced off the throne in favour of his daughter Mary, and a new
English constitution was born.
American Civil War
‘If They Can Stand It I Can’
However loud his critics shouted their disapproval,
Abraham Lincoln would neither deprive them of free speech nor change his opinions.
by Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
The Copy Book
Think and Speak