As cancel culture is on the rise, freedom of speech is all over the news. Why do we even believe in freedom of speech in the first place? Take a look at John Milton, the revolutionary firebrand whose writing nearly cost him his life. In this episode of “Young Heretics,” Spencer Klavan explores the connections between Milton’s views on speech, sin, and revolution in “Areopagitica.”

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  1. Mark Alexander Lincoln

    Learning to read and comprehend Milton’s prose is one of my treasured experiences. That’s when I fully got how extraordinary complex sentences are valuable to convey extraordinary complex thoughts. 

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    • August 4, 2020, at 3:21 PM PDT
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  2. Lois Lane Coolidge

    I took a Milton course in graduate school, and I remember my advisor asking me, “Whhhhyyyyy?” For the ideas, of course! I’m glad to delve into this glorious British psst/canon. Thanks!

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    • August 4, 2020, at 4:43 PM PDT
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