Key Insights From:
Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News
- Censorship is an implicit recognition of the power of words and images.
- In ancient Greece, controversial ideas were tolerated in peacetime, but mobs and courts quashed them in times of turmoil.
- Constantine and many early church leaders resorted to censorship to solidify power and unify a fractured Roman Empire.
- No sacred text has been burned as profusely and for so long as the Talmud.
- Mao not only suppressed the voices of the people, he suffocated the voices of history.
- Some forms of censorship become censorious in their attempts to prevent the reemergence of repressive regimes.