quotes tagged with 'censorship'

"Party Loyalty is the quickest pathway to mass government fraud, waste, and abuse (i.e. corruption)."

Author: Unmentioned, Source: UnmentionedSaved by user0327 in tyranny media censorship corruption 10 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It is possible to argue for censorship...on the ground that in a republican form of government where the people rule, it is crucial that the character of the citizenry not be debased. By now we should have gotten over the liberal notion that its citizens' characters are none of the business of government. The government ought not try to impose virtue, but it can deter incitements to vice. "Liberals have always taken the position," the late Christopher Lasch wrote, "that democracy can dispense with civic virtue. According to this way of thinking, it is liberal institutions, not the character of citizens, that make democracy work." He cited India and Latin America as proof that formally democratic institutions are not enough for a workable social order, a proof that is disheartening as the conditions in parts of large American cities approach those of the Third World.
Author: Robert Bork, Source: Slouching Towards GomorrahSaved by richardkmiller in government virtue censorship character responsibility democracy civic 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
[D]emocracy, more than any other form of government, requires self-restraint, which it would inculcate through moral education and impose on itself through laws, including laws governing the manner of public amusements. It was the tyrant who could usually allow the people to indulge themselves. Indulgence of the sort we are now witnessing did not threaten his rule, because his rule did not depend on a citizenry of good character. Anyone can be ruled by a tyrant, and the more debased his subjects, the safer his rule.
Author: Walter Berns, Source: Democracy, Censorship, and the ArtsSaved by richardkmiller in tyranny education censorship character restraint law democracy indulgence 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The Founders didn’t count on the rise of the mega-media. They didn’t count on huge private corporations that would own not only the means of journalism but also vast swaths of the territory that journalism should be covering.
Author: Bill Moyers, Source: “Journalism and Democracy”, in The Nation, May 7, 2001Saved by cboyack in conspiracy media censorship corporation journalism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.
Author: Richard Salant, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in media news propaganda censorship 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
There is no such thing in America as an independent press, unless it is in the country towns.
You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to writes (sic) his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.
I am paid one hundred and fifty dollars a week for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with–others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things–and any of you who would be so foolish as to write his honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.
The business of the New York journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his race and his country for his daily bread.
You know this and I know it, and what folly is this to be toasting an “Independent Press.”
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping-jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
Author: John Swinton, Source: 1880 at a banquet in his honorSaved by cboyack in truth media news propaganda lie censorship press opinion 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
It is difficult for them to see whose paycheck depends on them not seeing.
Author: Upton Sinclair, Source: UnknownSaved by cboyack in media news censorship 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, given him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the government is inefficient, topheavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Peace, Montag. Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs or the names of state capitals or how much corn Iowa grew last year. Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so full of 'facts' they feel stuffed, but absolutely 'brilliant' with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Don't give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.
Author: Ray Bradbury, Source: Fahrenheit 451, p. 61Saved by cboyack in politics government ignorance censorship 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Now let's take up the minorities in our civilization, shall we? Bigger the population, the more the minorities. Don't step on the toes of dog lovers, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, or people from Oregon or Mexico. The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not mean
to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, the less you handle controversy, remember that! All the minor minor minorities with their navels to be kept clean. Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. They did. Magazines became a nice blend of vanilla tapioca. Books, so the damned snobbish critics said, were dishwasher. No wonder books stopped selling, the critics said. But the public, knowing what it wanted, spinning happily, let the comic books survive. And the three-dimensional sex magazines, of course. There you have it. It didn't come from the government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, minority pressure, carried the trick, thank God.
Author: Ray Bradbury, Source: Fahrenheit 451, p. 57-8Saved by cboyack in minorities censorship 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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