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Politics, for better or worse, is about talking. Candidates seeking office, office holders advancing policies, pundits trying to influence opinion, and citizens sharing their views with their representatives: political speech is all around us. Yet even though speech is intimately connected to the promise of politics in America, it brings dangers as well.
Daniel Kapust is a Professor of Political Science at UW-Madison. He has published widely on ancient, early modern, and modern political thought as well on figures including Cicero, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Adam Smith, and late 18th century American thought. He is interested in rhetoric, theories of liberty, American exceptionalism, imperialism, the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debates, and related topics.