Peter C. Herman

Bill Barr and Donald Trump are trying to torch the 'Ancient Constitution' that governed kings

With each passing day, it seems, the Trump administration seems intent on replaying the leadup to the English Revolution.

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John Milton's 'Areopagitica' argues for 'unlicensed printing' — here's why the great defender of freedom might have shut Tom Cotton down

John Milton, the greatest English poet of the 17th century, was also the great champion of press freedom, and "Areopagitica" (1644), his impassioned plea for "unlicensed printing," begins every course of the history of censorship. So Milton's pamphlet provides an excellent guide for thinking about whether The New York Times should have published Sen. Tom Cotton's op-ed, "Send in the Troops."

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