Tag: Censorship
New Spying Charges Against WikiLeaks Founder Demand Espionage Act Reforms

If the new Assange indictment is any indication, the commitment to freedom of the press may be changing under Trump.

Nicaragua’s Ortega Assaults Remaining Champion of Free Speech

Ortega tightens grip on power amid widespread rebellion.

Facebook Censors the Declaration of Independence

Apparently, Thomas Jefferson wrote something that Facebook finds offensive.

Rock Music, Censorship, and Zimbabwe’s War of Independence

Independence Day in the United States is a good time to reflect on independence movements elsewhere. Before there was Zimbabwe, there was Rhodesia, where a white minority government oppressed blacks and “colored” (mixed race) people using force and apartheid-style policies. In the 1970’s, the last decade of the country’s War of Independence, rock music...
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Against the Feel-Good Study of History and Literature

The educational establishment seems to be expending a great deal of effort these days to excise “offensive” material from the curricula of history and literature. For example, Mark Twain’s great anti-racist novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been removed from the study materials in many schools because of its use of the word “nigger”...
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A-B-C-Don’t Indoctrinate Me

Bored State Legislators + Education + Inconvenient “Facts” = Nothing Good In Oklahoma, a legislative committee recently passed a measure that would ban Advanced Placement (A.P.) U.S. History courses in high school. House Bill 1380, introduced and supported by Representative Dan Fisher, will ban the use of state funds for these history courses. The...
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Self Censorship

One by-product of the Paris terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo was an outpouring of support for freedom of speech. While there was general agreement that the magazine’s content has been, beyond a doubt, offensive to some (and not only Muslims), almost everyone agreed that freedom of speech is a fundamental right that should be...
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Plain Brown Wrappers?

It once was true that copies of Playboy, Hustler, and other (soft or hard) pornographic materials were delivered to subscribers in generic envelopes so that no one, including your local postal carrier, could see what publications you had ordered. I, of course, know that fact only on the basis of hearsay evidence. Nowadays, though,...
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The Free Speech Movement Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary, but the Eternal Battle Between Liberty and Power Goes On

“Free speech is an eternally radical idea, so it is always under threat at all times in human history.” —Greg Lukianoff October 1 marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement, the iconic student rebellion that rocked the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, during the tumultuous 1960s. As summarized by Berkeley’s...
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The Giver’s Dystopia: Total Equality and No Humanity

In this utopian Community, people strive to maintain “Sameness” where everyone and everything is equal and same. But the reader quickly perceives something is wrong with this supposedly perfect society.

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