Private: The library: a primer

The formidable Antic Muse responds to Jonah Goldberg’s call for “anyone [to explain to him] when or where this notion that libraries are a major bulwark against tyranny came from.” Says the Muse:

Where to start? Ancient Alexandria, perhaps? Or, to restrict ourselves to the period — well, more of a founding principle, really — that Mr. Goldberg missed: 18th century Philadelphia