Nov 23, 2009

Heinlein on censorship by government

“When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, ‘This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,’ the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”


Robert A. Heinlein (If This Goes On 1940)

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Work with me, people, I'm thinking of the threat to Net Neutrality with this quote. Definitely I'll say that Stranger in a Strange Land is my favorite of Heinlein's novels. You?

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Update: Mystery of the Sleepwalking Turkey has returned as a Thanksgiving cautionary tale!

5 comments:

DD said...

Most definitely!
Grok.
But you know I am feeling like a stranger in a strange land mostly.

Keep it comin'
dd

DD said...

NPR reports on church versus health care debate is very troubling.

dd

jude cowell said...

Grokking your comments, DD. US has become a strange land, hasn't it? It isn't You - it's Washington.

Last evening had a steaming cup of mulled apple cider and wondered how you are... ;p

DD said...

How was the wine and which wine did you use?
dd

jude cowell said...

Hi Donna, for the mulling spices you kindly sent? Actually i don't drink alchol of any kind - we used regular yet delicious apple cider!
jc