580 years ago, around 1440, Johannes Gutenberg introduced the printing press to the world.
That single act created a free press which gave birth to the concept of freedom of speech.
The two are inextricably linked; printing is a form of speech.
Gutenberg’s invention started the Printing Revolution, a milestone of the 2nd Millennium that initiated the modern period of human history including the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution, and began the knowledge-based economy that spread learning to the masses.
Such mass communication permanently altered the structure of society, removing control of information from the hands of the powerful, i.e. the Church and royalty, and delivering it into the hands of the disempowered.
The broad circulation of information, including revolutionary ideas, in many languages, undermined Latin’s dominant…