Judge Richard Posner on Censorship

I’m always looking for eloquent rebuttals to attempted censorship. This article about a New York bill requiring video game rating and labeling has a dandy. From Judge Richard Posner:

Violence has always been and remains a central interest of humankind and a recurrent, even obsessive theme of culture both high and low … It engages the interest of children from an early age, as anyone familiar with the classic fairy tales collected by Grimm, Andersen, and Perrault are aware. To shield children right up to the age of 18 from exposure to violent descriptions and images would not only be quixotic, but deforming; it would leave them unequipped to cope with the world as we know it.

I especially like the line about censorship being quixotic and deforming. Maybe I’ll have cards printed with some adaptation of this quote and hand them out to all the parents who come in and object to their child checking out one of our books.

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