Who wrote that overthrowing liberty requires suppressing free speech?
When Benjamin Franklin was 16 years old, the state of Massachusetts imprisoned his brother for criticizing the government. In response, Franklin used an alias to write a commentary about free speech in which he quoted the following statements from a London newspaper: "Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freeness of speech." "In those wretched countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarce call any thing else his own." "Guilt only dreads liberty of speech, which drags it out of its lurking holes, and exposes its deformity and horror to daylight." Upon news that the board of Twitter had accepted Elon Musk's offer to buy the company, Musk wrote, "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated."