Sunday, June 8, 2008

"Give Me Liberty"

The picture below is of an engraved stone on the exterior base of the Chicago Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue. It is a quotation from Areopagitica by John Milton (1608-1674), one of the most famous arguments for freedom of speech.

Although some say Milton composed his tract in response to the severe criticism he received for his publications arguing in favor of the freedom get a divorce, his plea for freedom of speech still resonates today, especially when we attempt to discuss the most contentious issues of our day: global warming, globalization, health care, wealth creation, wealth distribution, and the social responsibilities of business.

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