Already the writers are complaining that there is too much freedom. They need some pressure. The worse your daily life, the better your art. If you have to be careful because of oppression and censorship, this pressure produces diamonds.
Any test that turns on what is offensive to the communitys standards is too loose, too capricious, too destructive of freedom of expression to be squared with the First Amendment. Under that test, juries can censor, suppress, and punish what they dont like, provided the matter relates to sexual impurity or has a tendency to excite lustful thoughts. This is community censorship in one of its worst forms. It creates a regime where in the battle between the literati and the Philistines, the Philistines are certain to win.
What is also strange to me is that public libraries have always been in the forefront of opposing censorship.
Censorship is to art as lynching is to justice.
I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.
Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.
Censorship is advertising paid by the government.
Everyone has an opinion, and the guy screaming for censorship may be the next guy to have his ideas cut off.
Censorship feeds the dirty mind more than the four-letter word itself.
Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there.
Last Update: August, 2020