Essay: The Growing Battle of the Books

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An interesting question. It baldly reveals the ultimate purpose of all censorship —mind control— just as surely as the burning of books dramatizes a yearning latent in every consecrated censor. The time could not be better for recalling something Henry Seidel Canby wrote after Big Bill Thompson put Arthur Schlesinger to the flame. Said Canby: "There will always be a mob with a torch ready when someone cries, 'Burn those books!' " The real bottom line is: How many more times is he going to be proved right?

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