Wood carving of a man operating a printing press (source)

Why Is the West so Concerned With Free Speech?

Philip Dhingra
Feb 5, 2020 · 3 min read

The West’s concern with free speech is both the cause of its success for the past 500 years, but also potentially its limiting factor for the next 500. The reason we have become obsessed with free speech has to do with the when and the how of the printing press. Even though the printing press was invented first in Asia, its growth was stifled by the capital investment required to produce 100,000 Chinese