Banned Books Week
“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man auch am Ende Menschen.” [Where they burn books, in the end they will burn people.] Heinrich Heine
September 22 to 28 is Banned Books Week in the US, reminding us that there are some people who just can’t stand freedom for others.
I tolerate the publication of the works of Ayn Rand, so other people should be able to deal with Captain Underpants, the number one target for 2012.
Book banning really has nothing to do with the Left or the Right. Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle was banned by the Nazis for promoting socialism and by the communist East Germans for opposing it. Censorship is about power and controlling the lives of other people using political or religious ideology as the excuse for doing it.