Federal censorship activities are not in retreat, they are expanding. Federal Executive officials are expanding the topics on which they seek censorship, it’s expanding to more and more agencies, and it’s expanding to any social media platform they can reach. So we are not in a situation where this is something that occurred in the past. We have overwhelming evidence that it’s growing and growing and growing, and there’s little indication that there will ever be any voluntary relinquishment of the power to dictate what ordinary Americans can say on social media, so it’s a problem that is growing. It’s a looming threat.Continue reading “Federal censorship”
The goal of Newspeak
Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thoughtcrime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
Swimming against the stream
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions that differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
It is an ancient truth that freedom cannot be legislated into existence, so it is no less obvious that freedom cannot be censored into existence. And any who act as if freedom’s defenses are found in suppression and suspicion and fear confess a doctrine that is alien to America.
Most dangerous weapon
Ideas are indeed the most dangerous weapons in the world. Our ideas of freedom are the most powerful political weapons man has ever forged.
The individual, not the government
But our society — unlike most in the world — presupposes that freedom and liberty are in a frame of reference that makes the individual, not government, the keeper of his tastes, beliefs, and ideas; that is the philosophy of the First Amendment; and it is this article of faith that sets us apart from most nations in the world.
The need for unfettered freedom
The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable. To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views also deprives others of the right to listen to those views.
A dangerous sign of the times
One of the most pathetic — and dangerous — signs of our times is the growing number of individuals and groups who believe that no one can possibly disagree with them for any honest reason.
The cause of all mankind
It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.
Hear both sides
Printers are educated in the Belief, that when Men differ in Opinion, both sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Public; and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter: Hence [printers] cheerfully serve all contending Writers that pay them well, without regarding on which side they are of the Question in Dispute.