Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Eric Alterman's Utopia: America, 1812

Semi-interesting article that touches on free speech, or lack thereof, in the olden days of the empire. Not everyone in American today - even self-described liberals - believes in free speech, but we must never let them forget the lessons of the past:

During the War of 1812, an angry mob smashed the printing presses of a Baltimore newspaper that dared to come out against the war. When the mob surrounded the paper's editors, and the state militia refused to protect them, the journalists were taken to prison for their own protection. That night, the mob broke into the prison, killed one journalist and left the others for dead. When the mob leaders were brought before a jury, they were acquitted.

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