ARTICLE BY JON RAPPOPORT
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How would you like to be thinking this? “I’m a censor. I spend my waking hours keeping people from writing and speaking, by cutting off their access to the public. That’s my job and I love it. I love the feeling of shutting someone down…”
I picked up a pen and started writing when I was 16, in 1954. I knew I had struck gold. WRITING. Freedom. Words. Sentences. Poetry. Images. Ideas. This was my universe. It wasn’t run by some tin-pot teacher or official. I could keep making worlds. What could be better?
I’ve never changed my mind about that. So when someone tells me—or a faceless company tells me—that I’m censored, I don’t take to it kindly. And I immediately know the faceless ones are rank filthy idiots. Or scrupulously clean robots. Either way, they’ve jumped species. Downward.
Why did they censor me? Was it my articles about toxic vaccines, about freedom of the individual vs. the State, about the CIA, about Obama, about Trump, about political liars, about medical drugs killing millions of people? Lots to choose from. Who really cares what it was exactly? It was CENSORSHIP.
I wasn’t laying out charts for building H-bombs. WordPress shut down my blog without notice or warning or explanation. However, I see no reason to stop writing. So I’m keeping on. I’ve got people employing “other means” to get the blog back up. Regardless, here I am.
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“If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all.” —Noam Chomsky
The real job of society is educating people so they are “immune” to other people’s views. What does that mean? This immunity, what is it? It’s the ability to understand and analyze someone else’s statements and make a decision about them. Agree or disagree. Accept one part, reject another part. The immunity consists of not impulsively buying what others are selling.
In the 1950s, we had, in the US, a Red Scare. It consisted of Communist ideology. The question was, should students be allowed to read the Communist Manifesto, or should Marx’s pamphlet be burned and banned? The knee-jerk reaction was: ban the booklet. The minority opinion was: let students read it and understand it. But of course, the American school system hadn’t prepared pupils to analyze ANYTHING.
So there was no solution. The whole Red Scare faded away eventually, as a “kinder, gentler” Leftist ideology spread through the country like ink on a blotter.
EDUCATION SHOULD PREPARE PEOPLE TO MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS THROUGH THOUGHT AND LOGIC.
Censorship is the coward’s way out.
Censorship works when evil people accumulate enough power. This power CAN BE affected when a strong enough public reaction occurs. That’s called a clue.
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When I was 15, our history teacher was gone for two weeks. In strode a substitute. He basically said—“I’m going to use this time to teach you logic. I’m going to show you what a vague generalization is, so you can recognize it and not fall for it. I’m going to show you how to analyze what you read. This is WORK, class, but you’ll be glad you did it. So let’s dig in.”
It took me about three minutes to see a light go on. It was very bright. I felt a surge of power. Nothing was ever the same after that.
Years later, when I had my first encounter with censorship, I shrugged it off immediately. I was in possession of something much stronger.
This article is dedicated to that substitute teacher. And to you, the reader