What are John Milton's assumptions in his prose appeal to Parliament, Areopagitica?

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Areopagitica is written as an appeal to the English Parliament asking they rescind a new law to bring the burgeoning printing and publishing enterprises under government control. It was called the Licensing Order of June 16th, 1643.

Milton assumes that liberty in a democracy--built as it is on the models of Greece and Rome--is most fully honored and present when citizens have full power of expression without intervention of government control.

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