Censorship – my position

H L Mencken said “There is always a well-known solution to every human problem – neat, plausible, and wrong.”

Censorship is just such a solution. It is invariably proposed by people who have not thought through what their “solution” really means. It is the equivalent of flinging a sheet over unsightly rubbish instead of disposing of it; it sort of works, but it won’t be long before serious flaws in the plan become apparent.

“We must protect the children at all costs!”

“OK – ban the motor car.”

“Well, that’s going too far, obviously!”

“Motor cars kill and maim thousands of children every year. Surely you are in favour of this simple measure?”


“Good, now we can talk seriously.”

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