What innovation recruits strangers as allies and recasts our opponents as guardians? In this episode of Johan Norberg’s New and Improved, Norberg explains the historical impact of free speech and how it curates a feast of knowledge we would otherwise miss.
By securing the freedom to openly and loudly disagree, the best of what we miss is amplified, improved, and stress-tested. In the 17th century, this unleashed the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution.
In a climate of free speech, strangers expand our awareness, and critics sharpen our views. Perhaps most importantly, the most powerful authorities are subordinated to constant tests of truth.