Liberty and freedom from taxes


Here’s a bite-sized, 15 minute programme from BBC Radio 4’s The Ideas That Make Us series on “liberty“.

The word derives from ancient Greek and dates back to around 1400 BC.  In its original context, “liberty” translates as “freedom from taxes”.  Historian Bettany Hughes fills a fascinating fifteen minutes exploring how the word has evolved yet still returns to its monetary roots.



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