Impact of Idea on Society
Voltaire's freedom of thought and expression impacted society because afterward the US Bill of Rights and French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen; European monarchs reduced or eliminated their censorship. Censorship is the banning of books, films, etc. that are considered obscene or politically unacceptable. Monarchs also eliminated persecution. Voltaire formed a changed world. People now believed in reason over faith. He inspired other thinkers to use their voice and make a difference. He increased the awareness of the Civil Liberties (freedom of expression, freedom of religion, right to assemble, and right to protest.) Voltaire was imprisoned in Bastille twice for his beliefs.