On Sunday, June 25, 2017, approximately 300 Alt-Right activists rallied in support of free speech rights on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. In attendance were Richard Spencer, Mike Enoch, Colton Merwin, Nathan Damigo, Augustus Invictus, Jason Kessler, and Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet.
Freedom of speech is uniquely rooted in the Western legal tradition. It is believed by scholars that ancient Athens’ ideology of free speech first emerged in the late 6th or early 5th century B.C., and was adopted by the Roman Republic not long thereafter. Free speech has thus been part of Western civilization for two-and-a-half millennia.
Tacitus, who was a senator and historian of the Roman Empire, opined in his Histories that “It is the rare fortune of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.”
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