Jacob Mchangama

Jacob Mchangama is CEO of Justitia, and the author of "Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media" (2022, Basic Books).

How the Dutch Created Europe’s First Free-Speech Zone More than 400 years Ago

On a Continent embroiled in religious turmoil and persecution, tolerance and free speech found few patches of fertile soil in Western Europe at the dawn of the 17th century. The first such patch was the flat and windswept Low Countries on the North Sea coast. During the so-called Dutch Golden

Jacob Mchangama
Jacob Mchangama
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