“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Our country’s very foundation rests upon the principles of a free press and freedom of speech and expression. Enlightenment ideas. American values. These rights have cultivated a rich culture and history of debate, compromise, and tolerance.
But what happens when we neglect to protect these cultural ideals? When we forget their importance, or worse, claim that exercising them is harmful? We had the misfortune of seeing this realized when, this past week, the estate of the late author Dr. Seuss removed six of his books from publication. Amazon and eBay, two of the world’s largest book retailers, followed suit, even banning third party sales of these six Seuss books from their sites.
While neither of these three parties technically violated the first amendment, as they are all private corporations…
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