Areopagitica, by John Milton: I can’t say it is worth the effort

To celebrate the regicide of Charles I, who was killed on this very day in 1649, we share a review of John Milton’s impassioned defence of political liberty and the right to free speech, published 1644.

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If I wished to convince someone to support freedom of speech and publishing, I would not offer up this work. Even if you read it in modern English, it’s still a rambling piece without much order. Mill did a significantly better job in On Liberty. I don’t disagree with Milton; indeed, a very good argument could very well be hidden in here, but outside of a few useful quotes I can’t say it is worth the effort.

Source: Goodreads. Aaron Crofut.


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