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Democracy Dies in Darkness

Democracy Dies in Darkness

This piece originally appeared on my non-fiction blog, FJY.US . It deals with what is the biggest threat facing America today, and may be the most significant piece I’ve ever written. I am re-posting it here since it goes to the heart of freedom of expression and how it is threatened in unprecedented ways. Democracy dies in darkness. If you care at all about the very survival of American democracy, you should be absolutely terrified of what is happening right…

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Leave Our Books Alone

Leave Our Books Alone

The last week of September is, for lack of a better word, “celebrated” as Banned Books Week. And here we are, in that week, and in the wide, wonderful word of censorship. It seems things in America, and in some other countries, too, are going beyond banning books. Now we’re at the stage of banning speech we don’t agree with and, as if it’s already possible, to even banning thoughts. 1984, it seems, is coming about 33 years late. Before…

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