It derived from an uprising against the wealthy. Now the wealthy use it as a weapon to silence critics
- Jeff Sparrow
- The Guardian
“The voice for freedom.”
That’s how the Institute for Public Affairs – the pro-business group pushing to sell off the ABC – describes itself. In particular, the IPA campaigns, it tells us, for “freedom of speech”.
You can trace the emergence of the concept back to ancient Greece: think of Socrates drinking hemlock rather than giving up his teaching.
But today’s usage…