Book burning in Nazy Germany.via

To have a pen is to have a war, or in Voltaire’s elegant wording of this aphorism, “qui plume a, guerre a.” Never quite sure who might take offense at what he’d exposed, he took the precaution to live close enough to the Swiss frontier to make a dash for it if he had to. From his day to ours, this war inherent in writing has had the simplest of objectives, which is to get hold of public opinion either by describing things as they are, or by trying to prevent things being described as they are. Any...


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