On The Moral Advantages of a Free Press Being Necessary For the Survival of a Free People
November 10, 2022
It it not enough for a mode of disseminating information to be free from governmental oversight, or to be nearly completely unfettered by law; it must be inspired, if not wholly instructed by and reliant upon individuals of some intellectual and moral integrity. This integrity, such as I will describe it, is answerable to an authority not contaminated by private interest and the unchecked motivation toward capital gain.
Albert Pike, writer and scholar, once wrote that "When public misfortunes shall be turned to private profit, the press pander to licentiousness, the pulpit ring with politic...